I was quite furious when I heard that above statement mentioned by one of my colleagues. Is it necessary to make that assumption when you are not having many classes in your weekly schedule? And the saddest part was that... that person has many years of teaching experience.
I wonder...why did that particular person mentioned it in a very important meeting? Is it because of the pressure? Is it because the students? Or is it just because to put some kind of shield before being attacked by other people?
But still, in my opinion; students do have their strengths and weaknesses - it is just that they don't have the chances to show the good side of them. Who are we to judge them just by looking at their exam results? It doesn't prove anything. It could be that they were stressed out during that exam, or perhaps they didn't do their very best on that day.
To me... they need guidance for they are just in the pre-U level. They are not ready yet after being released from their warm nest. Guide them for a few months and slowly let them to fly on their own - it will not hurt a teacher's pride for helping them like that.
I am really exhausted of listening to EXCUSES made by certain people when they don't really care to step in and ask the students what is going on in their life. I have taken few steps in helping my students and guess what - it really works! They trusted me and they shared their problems in a order to become a good human being; not just a mere STUDENTS.
As an educator, it is our job to nourish, nurture, guide, help and do what ever that we can to make sure our students will become someone that we can be proud of someday. And believe me... they will remember those who have helped them along the way...