I say every child is a gem unpolished. Yes, u heard me right. Unpolished. Whether or not, the child excels in his/her studies, they are still unpolished gems.
Polishing requires enjoying trials, problems, success, and experiences in life every day. Polishing requires building castle in the air and putting foundations below them. Polishing requires practice of pushing oneself up after a fall, brushing the dust off and stand tall to fight again.
I hate to say that today’s kids are not exposed to much polishing until much later stage in life which make failures harder for them to swallow.
Our children are not ‘spoiled’. They are just ‘unpolished’.
I have a student who does not have a pencil and yes, he does not even has a pencil case. He rushes through all his questions and always ends up not answering what the question want. He seldom passes his Mathematics and he has little confidence in clearing one. I have no qualms on his ability (in fact for most of my students). This boy and many of my students just have bad habits and no procedures to make learning easier.
Although i loathe SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) during my corporate years, i definitely see the effectiveness and benefits of the habit of adhering to these SOPs. I started to put up a few SOPs for this boy and both the tutor and tutee struggle in the first few months. 🙁
Thank God. This boy started to pass his examinations with flying colours. And he started to believe more in my SOPs. Yes!
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle