It is that time of the year when mere numbers are used to size the potential of our kids.
Not only society but also family tends to judge the kids based on how much did they score in X or XII board exams. It is unfortunate that it has become a norm to expect students to score more than 90%. Anyone who scores lesser than 90% is seen as average or below average.
This unrealistic pressure is the reason behind quite a few suicide stories.
To diffuse this unhealthy pressure, this Indian mother’s post is a must-read for all those parents, aunties, uncles and neighbors who push for the ridiculous score goal.
The post has since gone viral with over 3.6K shares and over 900 comments at the time of publishing this article. She shared:
“Super proud of my boy who scored a 60% in Class 10 board exams. Yes it is not a 90, but that doesn’t change how I feel. Simply because I have seen him struggle with certain subjects almost to the point of giving up, and then deciding to give his all in the last month-and-a-half to finally make it through!”
This mother was not just talking to her son, but addressed several others like him and wished them good luck for paving their own paths.
“Here’s to you, Aamer. And others like you – fishes asked to climb trees. Chart your own course in the big, wide ocean, my love. And keep your innate goodness, curiosity and wisdom alive. And of course, your wicked sense of humour!”
We definitely need to celebrate the beautiful and inspiring words of this mom as she paves the path in bringing a change to the way we look at exam results.
We believe there are several other things a child can excel at other than a mark sheet. Marks are neither a true reflection of success nor happiness – so why to overvalue them?
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