The “A” is not the point

Another good share from Challenge Success, this time from Mary Hofstedt, Community Education Director, in her latest piece, “A New Normal.”

“Another friend’s son (I’ll call him Alex) attends an elite high school in Silicon Valley. My friend was concerned about Alex’s academic motivation (he is a B student), and wondered why, if he could get a B, couldn’t he work just a little harder and get the A-? Alex explained to his mom that he was learning what he wanted to learn, liked school, and by being okay with a B, had time for friends, sports, and sleep. My friend left the conversation frustrated. Then she thought about it. She realized Alex was a healthy, balanced kid. That was the point. Not the ‘A.’”