The other day I met with a family who was planning to pull their 9th grader out of public school. Even though the boy was very bright and was actually in AP classes, he had just shut down and was getting rotten grades. We talked a bit about different homeschool options for their family and I tried to reassure them that their son would be ok. It wasn’t that he couldn’t learn. He was obviously bright. It was just that the focus was on all of his weaknesses at school, rather than his strengths.
As we spoke, I was talking to the father and his mother, the mother actually got teary. She so regretted allowing the schools to tell her son that he was a *failure* when he struggled in school. He’s an adult now and a great guy – a successful mechanic in fact. Just think how many mechanics have probably struggled in writing classes or gotten bored sitting in a classroom all day.
Anyway, it reminded me of the Animal School Parable and I wanted to share it with all of you.