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Report cards one part of a big picture

October 19, 2013
Frankie Johnson, LSW , The Times Observer

The school year is well under way. It is coming close to the end of the first six weeks and that means that report cards will be coming home soon. This leads way to plenty of mixed feelings among students and parents alike. It can be a time of elation, frustration, pride, shame, and even indifference. For many students it weighs heavy on their self-worth and instead of creating a healthy competition within their self, it becomes a competition with their classmates or siblings-usually unconscious and unspoken. Judgments are formed, consequences or rewards are given, and a student's feelings may begin to give way to behaviors that parents and teachers find puzzling. Now this certainly does not apply to all students, but it does apply to many. The report card is a piece of paper with numbers and letters on it that attempts to define, categorize, and conform students with a calculation of how the student interprets and retains information.



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