Food for thought.
Many of you will be readers of Wesley Fryer. If you are not this post on his blog is worth reading. He is pondering the issues around high stakes testing (long may we resist this notion in New Zealand) and in the way we convey a sense of failure to our children. The post is a good reminder about the way we talk to our children and how we ascribe success and failure. I know I have mentioned it before but the TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson is also a powerful reminder of valuing children for more than their ability in reading, writing and mathematics. If you haven't looked at that one I really would encourage you to take the time.