I love, love, LOVE this letter so much! A Principal in Singapore sent this to parents last year, around exam times, encouraging them not to judge students based on their grades. My FAVORITE part is the last line...."please do not think that doctors and engineers are the only happy people in the world." I am very, very fortunate to have had supportive parents throughout my schooling years, but I know it isn't this way for many kids. So many people are under the impression that they aren't "good enough" unless they achieve a certain grade or go into a certain profession. My heart breaks for them. Read the entire note, below. - Sandy (@SandyStec on FB, IG and Twitter)
"The exams of your child are to start soon. I know you are all really anxious for your child to do well.
But, please do remember, amongst the students who will be sitting for the exams there is an artist, who doesn't need to understand Math… There is an entrepreneur, who doesn't care about History or English literature…There is a musician, whose Chemistry marks won't matter…There's an athlete…whose physical fitness is more important than Physics… If your child does get top marks, that's great! But if he or she doesn't…please don't take away their self-confidence and dignity from them. Tell them it's OK, its just an exam! They are cut out for much bigger things in life. Tell them, no matter what they score…you love them and will not judge them.
Please do this, and when you do… watch your children conquer the world. One exam or low mark won't take away…their dreams and talent. And please, do not think that doctors and engineers…are the only happy people in the world."