Let’s say your kid comes home one day and shows you this report card. Anything jump out at you? Well, if you’re like most parents, all you really see is this. And you’d hire a tutor, and your kid would be grounded, and they can kiss their Wii goodbye. This thought experiment comes from the author Marcus Buckingham, and what it reveals is that we’re wired to focus on problems rather than strengths. It would be the rare parent who’d say, “Wow, honey, you’ve really got a strength in English.
Full disclosure. I probably have undiagnosed ADD. I bet many more of us than we realize will develop ADD if we haven't already, with the relentless stimuli and pounding pressures of our tech-driven times.