Cards. Postcards. Report Cards.

I still love to receive greeting cards or cards of any type, regardless of the occasion. I am not sure that anyone sends postcards anymore, but I used to love receiving those too. Actually, in my youth, I loved to send postcards; probably because I was somewhere warm, international and on vacation and the intended recipient of the postcard was not. Looking back, I suppose it was an “old school” version of an Instagram or Facebook post.

On the subject of cards, I am thinking that, maybe, it’s time to change the term “report card.”

Or at least drop the term “report.” It sounds so ominous. The reality is that the vast majority of report cards that I read are more like a welcomed greeting card and better than any postcard I have received. Nowadays, teachers are far more apt to be positive and effusive about a child’s talents, personality, work ethic, engagement and successes. The days of fearing the arrival of the report card, I think, are generally gone.

Truth be told, as a parent, a report card is frequently better than any postcard you could receive. Certainly, more insightful and informative. And, more relevant given that it pertains directly to your offspring. And, who doesn’t want to hear about the strengths of their own kids? Actually, who doesn’t want to hear that our kids have the ability to exceed their own expectations? Even in difficult times, the report card is usually emphasizing the capacity of each student to manage; improve; succeed; and thrive both independently and with their peers.

So, what new name could we give to the “report card”?

  • The Rapport Card
  • The Kid Card
  • The Student Success Card

As adults, none of us would like to receive a documented report about our performance, completed by 10 of our “supervisors,” every couple of months! Particularly one that was sent directly to our parents! But, I think all of us would love to have a card sent to us, and to our family, outlining the many things we have accomplished over the last two months and describing our developing skill set as a contributing member of our community.

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