Every parent, teacher, educator, government official, and workplace manager - - everyone-- should know this story.
It is a true story, with a lesson, my brilliant co-author Julie Coates tells.
When Thomas Edison was in school, he was regarded by his teachers and head master as being "addled" - - slow, unable to learn.
Thomas brought home a note from the headmaster one day and gave it to his mother. His mother read the note, and when Thomas asked what was in the note, his mother looked at him and lied to his face saying, "The headmaster thinks you are too smart for your school - - they just don't have the resources to teach someone as smart as you are. So he suggests I teach you here at home."
She tutored her son for years. It wasn't until his mother died that Mr. Edison, then successful and famous, found the note the headmaster actually wrote in her possessions, saying of course that young Thomas was too slow and unable to learn that he recommended he be taught at home by his mother.
If you don't get the lesson, reread the story.