It takes all different types of people to make up the beautiful tapestry of our culture. One high school principal in Singapore seems to understand this concept better than most, as evidenced by the incredible letter they sent out before a big standardized test was to be administered.
The letter was uploaded to Reddit, where it quickly went viral because it serves as a terrific reminder to all students and their parents. Rather than focusing on creating cookie-cutter people who think they have to conform in order to be successful, the letter encourages parents to go easy on their children no matter what their grades look like. After all, not everyone is destined to become a doctor or a lawyer, and the world would be a pretty boring place if those kinds of jobs were our only options!
Imagine a world without artists, shopkeepers, or carpenters! It takes all kinds of people to make the world an interesting and beautiful place. Read the inspiring letter below:
The exams of your children are to start soon. I know you are all really anxious for your child to do well.
But, please do remember, amongst the students who will be sitting for the exams there is an artist, who doesn’t need to understand Math. There is an entrepreneur, who doesn’t care about History or English literature. There is a musician, whose Chemistry marks won’t matter. There’s an athlete, whose physical fitness is more important than Physics. If your child does get top marks, that’s great! But if he or she doesn’t, please don’t take away their self-confidence and dignity from them. Tell them it’s OK, it’s just an exam! They are cut out for much bigger things in life. Tell them, no matter what they score, you love them and will not judge them.
Please do this, and when you do, watch your children conquer the world. One exam or a low mark won’t take away their dreams and talent. And please, do not think that doctors and engineers are the only happy people in the world.
What a nice message to send to kids before a big test! We hope the parents who received this note took it to heart and supported their children to the fullest. This is a lesson we could all stand to learn!
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