Small Fish in The Big Pond

“I recommend reading the book “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell. It depicts how your advantages could be your disadvantages and how your disadvantages to be your advantages.”

Parents are concerned about their offspring’s education. I often hear parents asking how their children are doing in their studies and how they can achieve more.

Not all children are the same, nor all have the same goal.

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There is no super magic solution that can solve all concerns. Sometimes parents want quick results; it doesn’t work that way.

To educate a child, they must be patient, like growing a seed. You prepare the soil and good seed, then plant, water on time, give the right amount of fertilizer and remove the weeds.

Parents often have stereotypes that impede students from achieving their potential.

You ask how? One concerned parent asked me where I should send my child to high school.

He had the stereotype that the better the school’s ranking is, the better the school.

A school’s ranking system is just a starting point, knowing that no other measures are available.

I had one of my student’s parents send the year 10 student from one of the good schools to a top-ranking school in the city.

The student’s parent was shocked after she saw the report card. The results dropped from A and B to C and D.

“How is this possible?” the parent asked surprisingly” I spend more money, and I help my son with the tutoring after school, but I still don’t get the results.”


It was not a surprise for me at all. I had already warned the parents about changing schools as I knew my student well.

He was getting good marks in an average school. After he transferred to a top school, the pressure from the school and peers was to the extent that placed him in the lowest quartile of the class.

Now, he was a small fish in a big pond.

Our defects and negatives could be our points of strength if we know how to face them. I recommend reading the book “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell.

It depicts how your advantages could be your disadvantages and how your disadvantages to be your advantages.

While 77% of parents and studentsin the United States think that smaller sizes classes are always better than larger-sized classes, that is not true.

Studies find no impact or equal impact on the class size. That doesn’t mean that there wasn’t an effect.

It just means the result was so small that they couldn’t find it in the data. Fifteen per cent of the students find statistically significant evidence that students do better in smaller classes.

However, the same number of students found they do worse in smaller classes.

There are many stereotypes and beliefs that are not necessarily true.The evidence suggests that what we are convinced might be such an advantage might not be an advantage.

Everyone can achieve their potential while believing in themselves and being resilient to achieve what they want. (*)

Reza Javaheri:
Reza Javaheri is a full-registered Science and Math Teacher in Australia with six years of experience of teaching.

He is a Master of Transport Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Education. Besides teaching, he is a tutor for primary, high school and university students.

He is also an active volunteer in community services. (*)