Must try harder

How far have we come from the "fair" and "satisfactory" comments that I remember from my own school reports?

We live in a village overlooking the Cumbrian fells. My nine-year-old son has seen cows and sheep almost on his doorstep from being a baby. He shared my amusement at the absurdity of the following comment on his recent geography report: "J is becoming more aware that land in some areas is used for farming."

As a parent and a teacher, I feel there are two lessons here: when writing reports remember your audience and purpose; and, beware the bland and soulless "bank of statements".

We may all feel like robots at the end of term but we must try to sound human.

Margaret Ward

Little Broughton, Cumbria

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