A ‘Thought for the Day’ for Black Cat Radio on Saturday 17th August 2019

Results time!

So, A Level results came out this week, and GCSE ones will be out soon. It’s a long time since I left school, but I still remember all that revising and taking exams and the nervousness of finding out the results. It was all very stressful at the time but now I look back and sometimes wish I was back in school as life was simpler then in some ways.

What does annoy me though, every year, is the instant chorus of people claiming that exams have got easier, anyone can pass them, they are meaningless and so on. It seems unkind and unfair on our young people to dismiss their efforts and rain on their happiness if their results are good. It must also be very discouraging for those who haven’t done as well as they hoped to be told that their exams were really easy. There’s a time and a place for talking about our education system and its problems but I don’t think results day is it.


The Bible is big on encouraging people rather than tearing them down and I think that’s something we can all get behind.  So, why not celebrate the work and achievements of our young people at this time of year and be positive about the thousands of teenagers who work hard and do their best? And let’s encourage and help those who do less well academically to find their own path to success.

While we’re at it we could also find ways to encourage people of all ages by thanking them for what they do for us, acknowledging good work and offering whatever support we can to those who need a helping hand.

So, in the spirit of encouraging people, I’d like to offer my congratulations to those who’ve got the results they were hoping for, and to reassure those who are disappointed that it’s not the end of the world and there will be another way forward for you.