It’s funny how people will comment about a child’s success and then query at the same time how it’s even possible given the child’s parentage.
Just because parents don’t always have the right opportunities, doesn’t mean they are any less clever than their children. Some children are lucky to have the right opportunities afforded to them in life, but others aren’t always so lucky.
As a society, we tend to judge people on what we see, but don’t always know the full facts as to why that person hasn’t been successful. We also assume wrongly that if the parents aren’t successful, their children won’t be either. Nine times out of ten we won’t know what someone goes through, but that doesn’t stop us from making inaccurate judgments.
I know in my own case, I didn’t have the opportunities or the guidance, but it didn’t mean I was any less capable. My site has proved that. I have more than gone on to prove that I am. I also remember a friend in school who just couldn’t get to grips with the concept of school.
In those days, you were form graded and he always seemed to come bottom. Years later I heard he went on to become a teacher. He clearly was capable, didn’t peak at the same time as his peers did and had been written off by his teachers. I think it’s sad that we judge people on ability instead of circumstances.
It’s also sad that we judge people on their parentage without knowing the full story, or at being surprised at a child’s success when their parents haven’t been. There is always a reason.
I think we shouldn’t draw conclusions or write anyone off; it’s simply not our place.