Success because of, or in spite of...? Nobel Prize Winner's Grade School Report

I have occasionally experienced this headmaster's frustration with students and in my early years may even have penned one or two comments with a similar sentiment. It's unclear whether the intent was to motivate or ridicule - probably a bit of both.

 

This is young John Gurdon's report card. Gurdon recently won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

 

Makes me wonder what was going on in the class and in Gurdon's life at the time. There must be a back-story.

 

Also makes me wonder how many of today's young students will pull out their old reports on such an occasion and scoff fifty years from now in light of their amazing achievements.

 

Will innovations like inquiry and project based learning make these stories a thing of the past? Maybe we've fixed everything? What do you think?

 

What do you think? Share you thoughts below...

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