A friend forwarded me this letter to parents written by a British school leader.

Dear Parents,

The exams of your children are to start soon.  I know you are all really anxious for your child to do well.

But please remember, amongst the students who will be sitting for the exam, there is an artist, who doesn’t need to understand Maths.

There is an entrepreneur, who doesn’t care about History or English literature.

There is a musician, whose Chemistry marks won’t matter.

There is a sportsperson, whose physical fitness is more important than Physics-like schooling.

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.

Tell them it’s OK; it’s 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.

With Warm Regards,

The Principal

May this serve as a timely reminder that there are only two situations when knowing everything about everything will serve us:  1) when taking the SAT/ACT;  and 2) when appearing as a contestant on Jeopardy!  Most of the rest of the time, our individual strengths will see us through.  And we certainly owe it to our students to help them develop those.


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