Today's post takes me back to memory lane when my son was in grade one, and unknowingly I compared him to a fellow mate, and darn! He was so upset. Well, I've always given him the choice to express his views openly, even as a 6-year-old kid. I promised to myself, it wasn't a thing I would ever want to do.
Over a teaching journey of 12-something years, it has dawned upon me that it's not just my son Abdullah, but even my students that dislike comparisons, it's not something they say openly, but I get it. Students do learn from peer feedback, but not comparison of work. They are naturally inclined to be proud of their learning, and I feel this is their strength, not weakness.
Also, I have felt its not just kids but we adults too are not fond of comparisons, especially those that shower light on others, or situations where we are directly comparent to another adult, both personally and professionally. Well, this could be just my perception , but my view was further solidified when my sister shared her experiences regarding the not so-welcomed-comparison throbbed on her at a recent family event.
I would just like to say that we can't paint the world, with the same color,right?
Wouldn't that be too bland?
Think about it this!