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.