Here's what the comments on your child's report card really mean

What ever happened to honest report cards? Back in the day, teachers weren't afraid to lay bare the reality of our children's behavior in the classroom. They told it to us straight and we learned from the criticism. Report cards today are completely sugarcoated.

Words like "chatterbox," "disruptive," "unfocused," and even "lazy" were thrown around in report cards of earlier decades. Today, report cards are so filled with "safe words" and overall jargon that we have no idea what the teachers are actually saying. Are our kids doing well in school or not?

That's why we've decided to decode the corporate mumbo jumbo found in report cards these days. Here's what your child's teachers really mean.

When a report card says "participates often in group discussion," the teacher means "your kid talks way too much." When the report says "satisfactory work," the teacher means "work harder or get a tutor." When the report card says, "spirited and energetic," the teacher means "Your child is loud and disruptive. Please consider medication." When the report card says "creative" the teacher means "why can't your child follow instructions?"

Even seemingly nice comments may actually be quite backhanded. For example, when a report card notes a student as being "helpful," it's likely that the teacher really means "annoying" or "kiss-up."

Don't get too excited when your child receives a surprisingly positive report card. Refer to this article first, determine what the teacher really means, and then evaluate the strength of the report. Good luck!

Watch this video to learn how you should read your kid's report card:

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