This time of year, I have to write High School Recommendation letters for most of my 8th graders.
On any given year, I have great compassion for the ordeal these kids go through, with their parents, to be sure, as they "search" for a private high school.
The shadow visit, essays, interviews: all seems overblown and exagerated, in my opinion.
Then I have to fill out a form similar to this one about the student, as well as write what comes out to be a whole essay on them. I always tell my students and their families that err on the positive, which is true. But just look at this form: doesn't it just beg for a snotty teacher to denigrate some student. I mean, really, aren't some of these questions ridiculousy overwrought and, in essence, judgemental?