LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What’s the value of school report cards?

PUZZLED: Central Western Daily reader Keith Curry reflects on the value of school report cards.
PUZZLED: Central Western Daily reader Keith Curry reflects on the value of school report cards.

IT’S that time of year when end-of-year school reports are sent home with children.

Many of us can uncomfortably recall comments such as “can do better” or “must try harder”.

My grade 4 report stated “Keith must be good at something, but it’s nothing we teach at this school”.

Having retired almost 20 years ago – after 30 years as a primary school principal and having worked in 14 very different schools during my 40-year career – I sometimes wonder about the value of school reports.

I seem to recall that some of my report cards were folded into boats and “accidentally” found their way sailing along creeks as I walked home in Newcastle.

Keith Curry

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