When my oldest son was in school I often wondered if he’d graduate. At the time there was a math test students had to pass to get their diploma. School did not come easy for him. He had to work for everything he got. All too often he was frustrated and just quit trying.
A month into his freshman year he was moved into a remedial math class which he hated. He wanted to go back into the class he been in with Mrs. Anderson. She was a great teacher and he liked her much better than the teacher whose class he was moved into. Plus he didn’t like being in a special class for those who were failing.
He and I sat down and talked about why he had been moved down and what he would need to do to move back up. He would need to do his homework every day and do well on the tests. He was determined to do so and started studying and doing his homework. Then he started working ahead and teaching himself the upcoming concepts. Within 2 months he was back in the regular math class and earning an A. For Christmas that year he asked for math textbooks and would spend hours each afternoon studying.
At the end of his freshman year he received the “Heart of Thunder” award in recognition of his dedication and actions that left a lasting impression on his school community.
By the time he was a senior in high school he was in Calculus. At that point they had done away with the requirement that you had to pass the math test in order to graduate but even if they hadn’t he would have passed with flying colors.
Life still doesn’t come easy for him. He still has to work much harder than most people for everything. He’s been a great example of someone who preservers through difficulties and has achieved his goals. I’m very proud of him and what he has accomplished.
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