My son’s final parents’ evening and my final one as a parent, was on Wednesday night. Fingers crossed for university next year. Ro didn’t attend and decided to go to a ‘drum & bass’ concert with his mates! Yes, on a school night! Ooh, to be young!
I fed back to Ro what the lecturers said. They also shorten his name – just like we do! Shows that they know him!!
“100% he’ll have a successful career in the creative industries. His thinking is unique… original ideas… lovely son… great student. Great sense of humour…witty… academic… no complaints… you should be proud… reflective student… his work is outstanding!”
Ro wants to work in interactive media, in the film industry.
However, since the age of four, it’s always been the same area for improvement from his teachers: “He needs to speak up more.”
Ro said to me. “Hmm, yes, but if I do that I’ll be the same as everyone else!”
“Indeed, sonny boy, you will! Be yourself, people will admire you for being yourself! Quiet and reflective!”
*Switches on work hat* Unique child and unique adult! Original!
On another note, it made me think of the pressure at times that is put on children to ‘master skills and attributes.’ Think early learning goals? Is it necessary that we require every child to have achieved everything? Bear in mind that I still can’t spell and my handwriting is like a spider!
In addition, in a conversation that I had with a colleague recently, he stated: “Every year I had the same action to develop within my performance management review, which is why we should focus on talents and strengths.”
As the singer Pharell Williams states: ‘The individuality makes life better!’
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