My son was recently awarded the prestigious Dux Award from his primary school as well as being selected in a representative cricket team.
I lost count of the number of times I was asked if I was proud.
I didn’t lose count of the number of times he was asked if he was proud – it was zero.
I believe that this was a moment when he should be proud.
Yes, his parents, coaches and educators have supported, encouraged and provided environments where he could flourish but, at the end of the day, it was Tom, individually, who needed to have a positive attitude, commitment and dedication.
And he did.
It may me consider his peers. The other students who also had a positive attitude, commitment and dedication. Those who did their very best even though they didn’t receive an award or position.
Were they asked if they were proud?
How do we ensure that every student has an opportunity to be proud?
How often do we ask our students if they are proud?
How do we acknowledge their pride?
We need to acknowledge the heights each student reaches - even if they don't make it to the top - we all deserve the opportunity to be proud of ourselves.