The Tale of Two “C’s”

6 10 2011

My son got a “C”? He’s never got a “C” before, in anything. Never have I seen such a mark. Not on a test, not on a report card, and certainly never on something as important as this! I just can’t believe it. I thought he was doing well;  I certainly never expected this!” – Kyle’s Mom.

Kyle was always a “Straight A” student. His parents always knew that he was gifted, and the official testing only validated their beliefs. Learning was easy for Kyle, in fact, he never even bothered to complete his homework or study for tests. School was a “game” and he knew how to play very well. This was the first time he had faced a task that challenged him…. and he didn’t know how to face it.

Julian has struggled with school for the last five years. Last year, he told his mother that he never wanted to go to school again. He was tired of feeling frustrated and he knew that he had exhausted his teachers, his parents and his peers. He used to ask lots of questions – but eventually gave up – when he discovered that everyone already knew the answers. This year, he decided that he was going to turn things around – regardless of what anyone thought of him… and he did…. this was his mother’s response:  “My son got a “C”? He’s never got a “C” before, in anything. Never have I seen such a mark. Not on a test, not on a report card, and certainly never on something as important as this! I just can’t believe it. I thought he was doing well; I certainly never expected this!”

My question: Does a mark really tell the whole story??? Kyle was grounded for a week.  His mother had a meeting with the teacher and created a “study schedule” for her son. Julian’s Mom bought a cake, balloons and celebrated her son’s “C’. Perhaps there’s more to the story than just a mark.

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