Having never really been an honor student growing up, I was always pretty jealous of the kids who brought these stickers home. I wanted so badly to give my parents the opportunity to proudly display my teenage accomplishments in their rear windows.
These days though, I wonder why they don’t make, “My child is making their own way in the world” stickers. Or how about, “My kid does important, generous work”? Or even, “My daughter is now a mother, and she does a great job!”
Why not give stickers for things that actually matter, right?
I’m not saying that being an honor student, or parenting one, isn’t something to be proud of. It is a wonderful accomplishment. Learning the discipline and work ethic it takes to get good grades can certainly serve you well in the real world. But there are plenty of former honor students whose middle school report cards still stand as their greatest contribution to society.
As with anything, it’s not the amount of knowledge, privilege, talent, or IQ you have.
It’s what you choose to do with it.