Throwback Thursday #32 – Report Cards and Progress Reports

Surprise, surprise! It’s me, pinch hitting for Lauren this week so she could attend a few appointments today. She will be back next Thursday tackling the first of our abbreviated prompts for the month of April.

If you care to join us, it’s easy.

  • Write your own post sharing your memories and leave a pingback to this post in the comments.
  • You can use the photo above in your post to make it easier to find.
  • Tag it with #TBTMemory or #IRememberWhen.
  • If you do not wish to write your own post, feel free to tell your story in the comments below.

This week’s prompt is: Report cards and Progress Reports.

You can use the questions that follow to spark your memories or you can answer them as they stand. It is totally up to you.

  1. Looking back now, would you say you were a good, fair, or struggling student?
  2. How often were your school efforts reported to your parents?
  3. Did you receive letter grades, i.e. A, B, C, etc?
  4. Was your behavior reported on your progress reports or report cards?
  5. In what subjects did you excel and which subjects were a challenge?
  6. Did you ever try to change your grade? Turning a C into a B for example?
  7. Did you keep any of your report cards?
  8. Did you get rewarded for good grades? Punished for ‘bad’ grades?
  9. Did the subjects you excelled in prove to be where you excelled in life?
  10. What was your biggest detraction from your school work?

My post follows:

Looking back, I would say I was a good student overall. I was a rule follower (and still am) so it made school much easier. That is not to say I did not get into trouble once in a while, though.

The subjects I excelled in were related to language arts, music, and visual arts. I did okay in math, science, and history but they were not my favorite classes. As an adult, I love history, but my teachers could make history as palatable as dry burnt toast. I did not get bad grades, I just did not enjoy those classes as much.

I never tried to change grades on my report cards. I would never have considered such a thing. I was on the honor roll until my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and honestly, I could have cared less about school or grades at the time. The only “bad” grade I received was in Algebra –  that deserves an entire post to tell that story!

I always found being graded or rated or evaluated on anything stressful. I think because I always tend to set high expectations for myself and it stresses me out!

I do not recall being punished or rewarded for grades received. There was always an unspoken expectation to do our best – no excuses. My only real distraction from school was my mother’s diagnosis.

I ended up in a career where math was very important. I could at one time read hexadecimal and binary. I am an excellent troubleshooter and problem solving is one of my strong suits. I aced all my algebra classes after high school – go figure.

Still, I do think my love of words and art and music are all still my most enduring interests as an adult. I love history now that I can find interesting resources outside of the dry, sanitized versions presented in school.

I did not keep any of my grade school or high school report or grade cards. I do have a few from my college classes. And of course, I kept my children’s grade cards. I think they enjoy looking back at them as adults.


49 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #32 – Report Cards and Progress Reports”

  1. The most succinct comment I ever had on a report was for Geography. It said “Only Fair.” I think she meant that it was only fair that she wrote something even though I was useless, disinterested, and probably bottom of the class in that subject!

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    1. That’s a non committal observation. I might be able to answer geography questions as the world was when I was in school, but the new geographic names and landscapes? Not a chance.


  2. Here are my answers, Maggie.
    1) I was a good student overall.
    2) I think I had reports to take home twice a year from the age of 11.
    3) Yes, each subject was graded by the teacher concerned, and our designated Form Teacher gave a class grade too.
    4) Yes. Terms like “Needs to concentrate more”. “Has ability but fails to fully use it”.
    5) I was very good at English, French, and History. Bad at Maths and Sciences.
    6) Never.
    7) My mum kept some. I found them when she died and have them somewhere.
    8) No, neither.
    9) I made good use of speaking French, but the subjects were not relevant to the work I did.
    10) Boredom, and looking at girls in the class.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Yes, I was reading from an early age, and writing stories when I was 7. I won prizes for fictional essays at junior school when I was 7,8,9, and 10. The prizes were firction hardback books with certificates pasted inside, and I still have them. I received ‘With Wolfe In Canada’, ‘Destry Rides Again’, ‘The Iliad’, and ‘The Odessey’. They are all in a box in the garage. 🙂

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  3. Thanks for such an interesting topic for this week’s Throwback Thursday. I am glad you were never punished or rewarded for your grades.

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    1. It is interesting to look back, Astrid. I am glad I was neither punished or rewarded, too. I know so many who were and it makes school even more difficult!

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  4. I had severe test anxiety as a kid. Actually, I still do. Thank you so much for stepping up today. I am not surprised one bit about your excelling in LA and the arts. I am in awe of your many talents my friend.

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  5. I think I misinterpreted the question about changing grades. I took it as meaning trying to improve. I guess because I would never even have considered altering the grades by forgery it just didn’t occur to me. Here is mine.

    Throwback Thursday #32


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