Report cards are failing parents and their kids

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  1. Alexander Bofinger

    Dear Mrs. Buck,

    report cards for students seem to assimilate to funeral adresses, obituaries, or work performance evaluations (mandatory in Germany). In writing them, you must be benevolent, say everything positively; but you will be held liable for any negative on the person (employee, student, or deceased) you comment on.

    ‘De mortuis et eundis nihil nisi bene ne ullum illis capillum reliqueris bonum’
    (Say nothing but good things about dead people or people who leave in order you won’t leave just one good hair on them behind.)

    So a language of euphemisms has emerged. For your particular case, let me try to give you a ‘dictionary’:

    “diffuse pathological signals in upper right frontal medullary layer, sparing the cortex.”
    I guess your kid is hyperactive. The medulla longa controls involuntary reflexes such as swollowing, breathing et c.
    whereas the neocortex, the actual brain, controls voluntary reflexes and all movements controlled by thought.

    “sometimes count forwards starting from a variety of numbers”
    Give your kid some tutoring in basic arithmetic.

    “in the Arts, he independently chooses different strategies to create movement”
    I doubt that art itself is at issue. Your kid does not integrate well into a group, does not watch what others are doing but goes his own way. (By the way what is so bad about that? I am an aspie and behaved the same way at school. In a German school during the 70s an early 80s you were welcome as a nerd as long you learned your assignments and did well at tests.)

    “makes appropriate choices to meet his personal and academic needs to achieve his goals.”
    I would ask for an appointment with the teacher and for an explanation in justification for such both cynic and sarcastic a comment. Probably she even did not realize how cynic she was. Another example in this direction is ‘Canadian Ministry of Labour’ renamed to ‘Human Resources Canada’. That puts working humans on the same level as crude oil, uranium, and other ‘resources’. Exploit them until they are exhausted.

    One should also look for what is missing in such euphemistic reports. Truly positive reports usually include standard sentences or phrases, e. g. an expression of regret for someone who leaves from a job. Should such elements be missing, that tells ‘volumes’.

    Sorry for heartily welcoming you in the world of politically correct political correctness. It’s terrible!
    Your essay is formidable, honestly 🙂

  2. Alexander Bofinger

    Dear Mrs. Buck,

    report cards for students seem to assimilate to funeral adresses, obituaries, or work performance evaluations (mandatory in Germany). In writing them, you must be benevolent, say everything positively; but you will be held liable for any negative you conceal on the person (employee, student, or deceased) you comment on.

    ‘De mortuis et eundis nihil nisi bene ne ullum illis capillum reliqueris bonum’
    (Say nothing but good things about dead people or people who leave in order you won’t leave just one good hair on them behind.)

    So a language of euphemisms has emerged. For your particular case, let me try to give you a ‘dictionary’:

    “diffuse pathological signals in upper right frontal medullary layer, sparing the cortex.”
    I guess your kid is hyperactive. The medulla longa controls involuntary reflexes such as swollowing, breathing et c.
    whereas the neocortex, the actual brain, controls voluntary reflexes and all movements controlled by thought.

    “sometimes count forwards starting from a variety of numbers”
    Give your kid some tutoring in basic arithmetic.

    “in the Arts, he independently chooses different strategies to create movement”
    I doubt that art itself is at issue. Your kid does not integrate well into a group, does not watch what others are doing but goes his own way. (By the way what is so bad about that? I am an aspie and behaved the same way at school. In a German school during the 70s an early 80s you were welcome as a nerd as long you learned your assignments and did well at tests.)

    “makes appropriate choices to meet his personal and academic needs to achieve his goals.”
    I would ask for an appointment with the teacher and for an explanation in justification for such both cynic and sarcastic a comment. Probably she even did not realize how cynic she was. Another example in this direction is ‘Canadian Ministry of Labour’ renamed to ‘Human Resources Canada’. That puts working humans on the same level as crude oil, uranium, and other ‘resources’. Exploit them until they are exhausted.

    One should also look for what is missing in such euphemistic reports. Truly positive reports usually include standard sentences or phrases, e. g. an expression of regret for someone who leaves from a job. Should such elements be missing, that tells ‘volumes’.

    Sorry for heartily welcoming you in the world of politically correct political correctness. It’s terrible!
    Your essay is formidable, honestly 🙂

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