The importance of struggles, disappointments, triumphs and successes.

No one kid is alike — if you have more than one child, you know this firsthand. Some kids love school and everything about it—challenging homework assignments, after-school activities, and even taking tests. Others may struggle with schoolwork while some are capable of earning higher grades but just don’t like school itself.

You have probably heard some variation of “But when will I ever use this?” from your kids, most likely while helping them with a particularly difficult homework assignment. And your child may be right—it’s very possible that mastering long division by hand isn’t a necessary life skill—but you know how valuable it is for your child to put in a reasonable effort, care about grades, and understand the importance of learning and participating.

In 2002 Steve Goodier wrote the following, “Each student needs experience as well as instruction. Each student needs to know how to solve problems of various kinds. They need to grow in character as well as knowledge. They need to understand that making mistakes is part of life and what’s important is how we learn from them so they are not made again. They need self-assurance as well as the ability to listen well and work with others. Students need to understand and appreciate the past, yet feel optimistic about the future. Each student needs to know the value of lifelong learning in order to keep a curious and active mind. They need to grow in understanding of others and become a student of the spirit. They need to learn to be respectful towards others and set high standards for themselves. They will need love and encouragement, so that they might be filled with love and goodness.”

Although written in 2002, Mr. Goodier pointed out different facets that have always been a part of Borden County ISD. We expect the best from our students each and every day. We hold each child accountable and provide direction and instruction as needed. We temper this expectation with love and kindness and equally praise them when they reach goals and are successful.

Pierre de Coubertin (considered the father of the modern Olympic Games) stated the following in 1896, “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”

Whether in academics or athletics, children need to be encouraged to participate. There will be struggles, disappointments and triumphs. Allow your child the opportunity to experience struggles, disappointments, triumphs and successes. Research suggests that students held accountable (learning, social responsibility) and supported by adults (discipline, nurture) may be the single most important aspect of how and why children succeed in school and life. We must view parents and teachers as partners in education. Why? As philosopher George Santayana simply said, “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

We strongly believe that one child’s future may depend upon the influence that we all can provide….and because of this, something remarkable happens. No young person is ever ordinary at Borden County ISD. And because of this our school district is successful.