Friends How many of were/are affected by the comments that our "teachers" attached to our School Reports? Are you still affected by these today? Did they impact on you in a fashion that shaped you for better or worse? I was in the first year of Scottish Comprehensive Education (no 11+). I was shipped into an Academy that was an archetypal school of that time (1967/8). The teachers all wore Mortar Board Hats and ankle length black cloaks (no I am not making this up). Corporal punishment was dealt out daily by way of thick & stiff leather belt cut at one end into several prongs. Teachers were allowed to beat you with this across the palms of your hands, backs of your legs, almost anywhere, and they did so, some with an obvious delight & pleasure. Our teachers had ever taken an 11+ we would let the school down and were classed as an instant failure and reminded of our failures as often as we could be in any given day. Encouragement was never given out and praise was reserved for those who parents were either employed by the school or donated funds towards it. No matter how hard I tried (and I did) I was rubbished and ridiculed. Having elected to leave school at the very earliest opportubity my head of year to fabulous glee in writing all over my final report. "All the time this boy (I did have a name that they chose never to use) has a tongue he will never suceed at anything her decided to turn his idle hands and mind to". It still hurts and haunts me. Why chose such a venomous sentence? He must have known that it would influence and hurt and shape my future. It took some years for me to shake it off and to drag myself to where I had some confidence left. There must be examples were the opposite is true and praise made the difference? Would people share?