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Old 01.04.2019, 18:35
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Re: Primary school grades...

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God forbid a parent should acknowledge their child may not be the gifted wunderkind they thought...

I don't expect teachers to put my child on a pedestal. I have no illusions my child is something she is not.

I simply have a different view of teachers. They are the one group of professionals I respect and admire the most, with an incredible power to stimulate, motivate, inspire, and generate curiosity. They can instill wonder, drive and self-confidence in children. Had it not been for the many wonderful teachers who believed in me, I would never have pushed myself to be the best I can be.

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Old 01.04.2019, 18:59
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It is not only the teachers who have to motivate the child, parents have far more responsibility doing this that the teachers, just so many are so busy chasing the almighty dollar that certain things get neglected......
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Re: Primary school grades...

Talk to the teacher, tell them of your aspirations for your child and ask what can be done to achieve them.

It may be something as simple as your child not being in full compliance with rules, regulations, restrictions and routines. If the child learns and complies with all of these, it can make it much easier for them to fit in and focus in the classroom.

If you are not Swiss and do not know the system then get a tutor. You may be justified, but you must think very carefully about how your reaction will affect your child; not only at the school but at home.
The Swiss schooling system is largely prescriptive, but all kinds of expertise is at hand, make sure that you know and use the expertise on offer.
If the problem is not resolved then your last resort would be to take it to the Schuleverwaltung or Schulpresident. But make sure that you have a bonafide case and think of the consequences beforehand.
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I don't expect teachers to put my child on a pedestal. I have no illusions my child is something she is not.

I simply have a different view of teachers. They are the one group of professionals I respect and admire the most, with an incredible power to stimulate, motivate, inspire, and generate curiosity. They can instill wonder, drive and self-confidence in children. Had it not been for the many wonderful teachers who believed in me, I would never have pushed myself to be the best I can be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrvMrf-Pjhw
Your post implied something else, i.e. that Swiss teachers/the Swiss schooling system at large pretty much collectively failed to see your child's tremendous potential, hence you removed her/him from it.

There are of course shitty teachers and good teachers. I'm not saying some teachers don't fail their children and I've seen it happen indeed. I'm also in no way saying the system here is perfect, of course it isn't, none is. My brother was one of the unlucky ones that had one questionable teacher after another, and it toyed with his self-confidence. But that wasn't for a lack of recognizing his potential or inspiring him (whatever that may mean) so much as for simply not even providing the actual quality education he should have received.

More often than not, the problem are parents that either see something that's not there or can't accept why a child chooses a certain path over another and this typically has more disastrous consequences than some teacher failing to inspire.

The system here is about, well, teaching, and give as equal opportunities and access to education to everyone as possible. The inspiration can come from anywhere, including oneself. That is a significant difference to particularly the trophy- and as MC says everyone's-a-winner-approach that is so prevalent elsewhere, especially in the US. That doesn't make it wrong. I struggled with the standard aspects of school, but was a highly self-motivated, diligent student and operated at my best when I was just left alone (this is still the case today). Most teachers had no clue what to do with me and I got in trouble on a regular basis. But my motivation and thirst for knowledge came from inside and - most importantly - my parents who did exactly the right thing: they left me alone to read and study the way I wanted to read and study. I can safely say no teacher ever inspired me, yet that didn't hold me back in any way. I never expected them to do anything than teach or at least provide access to what I wanted and needed to know. What I did with that though was up to me. As far as I'm concerned, that's a teacher's main job. Of course not everyone has that intrinsic motivation and some children need more of a push - but from where I'm sitting, providing that is a parent's responsibility.

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