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 when we have talent? Although my teachers never said I was stupid, I was left to support myself, because there was no academic support for children who struggled with learning.
Teachers and schools are not infallible. They make mistakes. 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 at the same time.
Some teachers think they know about life and yet when it comes to life they know very little about how to support children emotionally. They need to be more objective in their approach to children’s mental and emotional health. They’re quick to pick us up when we’re not making the grade, or because we don’t fit in, but they don’t go far enough to show us how to change things.
It was clear throughout 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 easier for teachers to look and pass an opinion on what they think they’re looking at, than it is to work with a child and streamline their talents, if they 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 the children who like me also struggled in school and who slipped through the net.