FOWC with Fandango — Detrimental

I often wonder how I would have turned out had I not passed my 11 + and attended grammar school.
I can’t remember being over-confident as a young child, but whatever confidence I had was knocked out of me between 1967 and 1972.
Was it education or the teachers and their methods that had a detrimental effect on me?
The clincher was being told I didn’t have the brains to work in a bank by the careers teacher. Ha. In later life, I served her from First Till position in a High Street bank, though I wish I could have proven to her just how well I did my analytical job for the American Bank I worked for.
They say sticks and stones may break bones but names will never hurt you.
Yeah, right. Just think of the potential quashed by a few words and an elder’s attitude.
Tell someone they’re a low life often enough and they believe it.
Been there, done that, but I came back fighting.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to FOWC with Fandango — Detrimental

  1. Sadje says:

    That’s great! Absolutely right that putting labels and casting aspersions can damage a person’s self esteem. 👍😉

  2. I am frequently amazed by how much I managed to retain from my schooldays as most of the time I spent looking out the window daydreaming!

  3. blindzanygirl says:

    That is really interesting Di and I had almost exactly the same experience with my headmaster at school. When I was in the sixth form he told me that I was not degree material. I therefore had to find some kind of job upon leaving school. However when I was in my 40s I had the opportunity to embark upon a degree. To me this thing called a degree was mysterious. I wondered just what it was because I had been told that I was not degree material. I wish that my old headmaster was still alive because I went on to get a first class Oxford honours degree and then a Masters and from there I went on to begin a PhD. Sadly I was unable to finish this because my father died and my concentration was far too interrupted to complete the PhD. I know just what you mean about being told that you are low life. Good on you Di. You and I together have proved these people wrong. We fought on and won! Just goes to show how much headmasters really know. Great post Di, x

    • Thanks Lorraine.
      I have no paper qualifications (3 O levels!) as I am more of a hands on person, but whatever job I was employed to do, I have done well and been a tough act to follow.

      • blindzanygirl says:

        Just Goes to show doesn’t Di, we always show ‘em in the end. Mine was put to good practical use as well. My god I wish he was here to tell lol

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