Our expert says:
At least don't dread asking me ! I'm not sure whether this particular Educational Psychologist who seems to have such a gloomy viewpoint : maybe a second opinion and a fresh viewpoint could help. He may have less limitations than it previously seemed, You seem to be describing a boy who may have some difficulties in learning, but can perform better when he really tries, I wonder why he put in the extra effort this time, and showed how much better he can perform when he really tries. It's easy for a child to get discouraged and even to give up trying, when he feels he's being treated as a child, and that everybody expects him to fail.
It's touching and relevant that he even thinks of a career in Human Resources.
It sounds as though he may have discovered that he is more capable than people thought.
Talk with him about how proud you are at what he has managed to achieve this year, and talk about how he managed this : about what further training would cost and how the pressure to succeed would increase. Foes he feel he could face that ?
Moving from school to college / uni, many bright children are shocked to find that there's no spoon-feeding, and that they're left very much to themselves to plan their studies, so they need to be far more self-motivating. On the other hand, more independent minded students can thrive with this approach.
OK, it's not useful to have unrealistically high expectations of a child, but it can be even wore to have unrealistically low expectations. And good research has shown that where a teacher and family think a child is "limited" even very able kids do much worse. Positive thinking, so long a it's realistic and not deluded, can be very helpful.
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