Six famous school report comments

To lighten things up at Six Things after the last controversial post and intense discussion I’ve got here a collection of great little report card quotes of famous people. A little light relief. These were taken from Could do Better, a collection of school reports by Catherine Hurley.

1. “Certainly on the road to failure.” on John Lennon

2. “She must try to be less emotional in her dealings with others.” on Diana Princess of Wales

3. “He would much sooner write an intimate memoir of Julius Caesar than a factual account of his Gallic wars. But then, who wouldn’t? Unfortunately examiners demand fact” on Bruce Chatwin.

4. “Scored average for most things, including intelligence.” on George Bush.

5. “I think he is just a teeny bit pleased with himself, or so I am prepared to hazard” on Michael Palin.

6. And my favourite, which is not a report card quote but a real gem nonetheless that can go here: “To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students, I say, you too can be president of the United States.” George W Bush addressing Yale graduates.

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  1. Sometimes I do wonder why people don’t openly discuss what makes a bad teacher bad… hmmm…. I smell a 6 things post coming up.

    I mean… we all know that these teachers exist and, unfortunately, in abundance.

    Perhaps I should be all tao and say that there are no bad teachers except… that…. although the various people above did go on to make things out of themselves, what about the thousands of others who didn’t because they thought themselves less – who adopted things like “on the road to failure” as their personal story?

    Did those teachers, did they ever realize the impact of their opinions and actions?

    Did they ever ‘get it’ that their lack of care (and their arrogance) stopped others from achieving their personal bests?

    Food for thought…

    I’ve been writing about motivation and inspiration on my blog 😉 prompted by that very interesting and intense MI discussion.


    • Thanks for dropping by Karenne! Interesting idea. The issue of what makes a bad teacher bad has been explored, in my mind most notably (and in a funny way) by Luke Prodromou who wrote an article called How to be a Boring Teacher for ETP, in which he set forth BTM (Boring Teacher Methodology). The talk he does on it is great. I think you can see a copy of that article here Funny reading.

      • Thanks for the article, laughed my head off – all too incredibly true!

  2. I think a more Tao take would be that there must always be bad teachers for good teachers to exist. Yin AND Yang.

    My rather feeble comment is how these reports have disappeared for most of us to be replaced by anodyne, information-free, computer generated virtual reports that may save the teachers time to devote to other bureaucratic demands but leave the parents with the impression that nobody really cares and that their children are being dismissively rammed into cover-all comments. My son even had some comments where he became a “she”.

    • You’re right Diarmuid about those computer-generated reports. God I hate those. It’s a small thing, but even a single personalised sentence from my son’s teacher on his report card can give his mother and I lots to discuss (even when I suspect the teacher wrote something similar for other children). As for he becoming a “she”, well I needn’t tell you that I can completely sympathise. With a name like Lindsay…

  3. Hi! I have answers about what we talked about this evening 🙂
    check this link:

    See you on thursday.

    (BTW Very interesting blog!)

    • Thanks so much Lau! That’s great to know.

  4. My schools careers adviser, upon my telling him that I wanted to travel and work in the open air, suggested I consider a career as a pavement artist. My induction into the ranks of the Tefl brigade represented a failure in that respect, I suppose … I’m sure I would have made more money decorating pavements!

    • But then we wouldn’t have the TEFL Tradesman (the Pavement Tradesman doesn’t cut it)! Nice to see you back here Sandy.

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