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"In this respect" am I reading too much into school report?

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create Sat 16-Jul-11 18:57:00

DS1 yr 5

The teacher comments start with "DS1 has been particualrly considerate to other children on the playground this year and in this respect he has been a good role model."

It's lovely actually, because his early school years were a bit of a struggle socially and this year he seems to have gathered a nice bunch of friends who seem to genuinely like him smile

But, I read that line a thought, oh, so in every other respect he's a poor role model.. blush

letthembe Sat 16-Jul-11 22:43:50

Perhaps you are mis-reading this. I wonder if the teacher was trying to refer to his social progress and should have written "has become" rather than "has been".

cloudydays Sat 16-Jul-11 22:50:59

It think that she was just making it clear that she's continuing on with the same point (he is a good role model because he's considerate) rather than making two seperate ones (that he's considerate and he's a good role model).

I don't think she's making a point of saying he's not a good role model in any other way. He is the peer of the other kids, right? If so, it would be kind of weird to just say he's a good role model to them, without specifying an area in which he models exceptionally good qualities / behaviour!

BTW being considerate and kind is a lovely thing to be recognised for - your ds sounds lovely smile

cloudydays Sat 16-Jul-11 22:51:46

Sorry, should have said "she or he" as you didn't mention teacher's gender blush

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