Mum shares ‘brutal’ childhood school report with ‘harsh’ comments on 4-year-old
A mum went viral after she shared her childhood school report, which people have branded as "brutal".
Louise Mustchin, now 34, posted a picture of a report which was written about her when she was aged four.
She is now a student mental health nurse and her daughter is soon to start at the same school.
She told the Liverpool Echo: "I hope it's better now".
Under the heading Personal and Social Development, Louise's report read: "Louise took a while to settle in, finding school a big step – full of situations that she felt overwhelming and left her feeling unsure.
"She needs support and guidance to steer her in the right direction as she can be rather determined and try to get her own way.
"She has made friends with a few children but not necessarily ones who would be by their own effort, encourage her to keep on task. She is very good at digressing and finding herself over in the home corner!!
"She fails to realise the importance of commitment to work – no doubt a reflection of her maturity."
Louise said: "My school report from 1991. I'm an August baby, so I would've not long turned four when this was written. I'm now almost 34, I'm a student mental health nurse and I do still digress."
The post attracted over 1.4k comments, with lots of people agreeing that the teacher was out of order.
One mum wrote: "What the hell!! 4??! I'm happy that my son isn’t still eating crayons, 'fails to realize the importance of commitment to work, no doubt a reflection of maturity'. I'm sorry that Miss Trunchbull was your teacher… At least Matilda gave her what for!! xx"
A second joked: "In summary 'Louise is a totally normal 4yo child'."
A third parent wrote: "Think it's a bit OTT for a just turned 4 child. Hope the teacher matured as I'm sure the child did.
One woman added: "That's brutal! I would have been so peed off if a teacher spoke about my 4-year-old child that way. I was busy licking windows and eating mud at 4 don't know what level of maturity they're expecting."
Another said: "This is harsh but I had a report at 4 years old saying I will never be anything other than average. I strive to be everything but average now."
And another parent commented: "A reflection of your maturity, aged 5. What an old battle-axe she sounds like.
One teacher was equally unimpressed and said: "As an early years preschool teacher, this report is so negative! Certainly not the way we do things now!
Someone else said: "My sister had a report a similar age (also an August born) that said she had 'the attention span of a hamster'.
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However, a couple of parents commented that they found the teacher's honesty refreshing.
She said: "Personally I love the honesty. I would love the honesty on my children's reports now although you get all positives now. Positives are great and make you feel better but the mum in me sometimes wonders is that the same child we're talking about.
Another added: "I love how authentic your teacher wrote. I can't help but feel my children's reports are taken from scripts and minimal personal touch."
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