Congratulations to Kate Winslet on her BAFTA Win 2016. In her post BAFTA Speech to the press, Kate revealed that at the age of 14 she was told by a Drama Teacher “I might do okay if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts.”
And I thought it just happened to me! Seriously, what has fat got to do with talent and just because we’re fat, how does that equate to us not being a success in life, particularly if we have talent? That’s what’s wrong with the world. Although my teachers never said I was ‘stupid’ I was literally left to support myself, because there was no academic support for children who struggled to learn.
Teachers and schools are not infallible. They make mistakes. The media hype tells us. It’s far easier to pull a child down, than it is to bring a child back up. Instead of teachers being objective, they’re subjective. They can also be opinionated and wrong both at the same time.
Some teachers think they know about life and yet when it comes to it, they know very little about life and how to support emotionally. They need to be more objective in their approach to children in school. They’re quick to pick us up when we’re making the grade, or because we don’t quite fit in, but they don’t go far enough to show us how to change things.
In my own case, it was clear all the way through school that my grades were somewhat lacking and my ability to apply learning to my written work, fell short of the mark and yet nothing was ever done about it. Looking back now it’s comical and yet those times were very stressful.
It’s far easier to look and pass an opinion on what we think we’re looking at, than it is to work with a child and streamline their talents, if we don’t tick the boxes in the same way as a ‘normal’ child.
When those opinions have been passed, we’re left with usual doubt and insecurities on our abilities, wondering whether we will actually amount to anything. That said; we need to prove the critics wrong. To believe we can amount to something.
This blog is dedicated to anyone like me, who struggled in school and who slipped through the net.