Don’t judge a student by the low points

I had a really great conversation with a teacher yesterday.  We were talking about a student who is in line to win an award for his talents in a particular subject area.  This student recently got into some trouble at school (the details of the incident do not matter).  This teacher told me that he was thinking about revoking the award that this particular student had earned because of the incident.  He went on to tell me that he did some serious thinking (and conversing) about the situation over the weekend and came up with the following conclusion.

This student is earning an award for his talent and work ethic in this particualr subject area.  The trouble that he had got himself into had consequences and those consequences had been met therefore the award and the incident of discipline have ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with each other.  The teacher shared with me a quote that I think I will remember for a long time: “You can’t judge a person by the low points in their life.”

This student deserves this award and the award will be presented to him. 

How many times do we judge people based on the low points in their lives?  How many times do we make decisions without thinking about the bigger picture?

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About Derek Hatch (Hatcherelli)
Assistant Principal and Technology Leader in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

One Response to Don’t judge a student by the low points

  1. KDixon says:

    Just what I’m thinking in the stress of school “award season.” I wish more people, especially in school admin., thought similarly.

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