The first time my son got a failing grade on a math test, I flipped out.
“What do you mean you got a 1? How is it even possible to get a 1? I know you studied for the test. Your Dad reviewed the whole chapter with you,” I kept saying.
My 7th grader replied helplessly: “I don’t know, Mom. I got most of the answers right, but the teacher gave me a failing grade because I didn’t show my work.” And then, a bit more confidently, “What’s the big deal anyway? It’s just one test.”
I had to take a deep breath and count to 10 to avoid saying something I would later regret.
My son’s words went against everything I believed about the importance of school.