Sometimes I think that we have our priorities back to front. Achievement is seen as pinnacle to aim for.
I have come to think that this is wrong.
My 12-year old daughter, Lauren, came home from school yesterday, proudly waving her grade book. She had been awarded A-1 in most subjects - a great achievement!
Then she sadly pointed out that her perfect score was marred by a B-1 in French and a C-1 in physical education.
I asked her what scores meant. She said that letter denotes achievement and number, effort.
That was when it struck me that grades were misleading. Surely most important score is effort? Yet it is shown last.
I gave her a big hug and told her that in my book, she had a perfect score. It didn't matter that her achievement grade in French was a 'B' - '1' showed that she had tried her hardest. That is something to make any parent proud.
Everybody is different. Everybody has a different potential. Like Lauren, we are not all destined to be fluent linguists or future track stars.