Student & Parent

 home and school

Here’s a drawing in response to Anton Chekhov’s story “A Classical Student.”  While the title of the story suggests that the focus will be on the student, I believe it’s actually on the parent who has no faith in her child’s chances of success.  In response to her son’s announcement that he has failed his exam, the mother responds, “I knew it would be so!  I had a presentiment of it” (121).  The state and the media put so much emphasis on (faith in) the power of the school to inculcate learning and forget the role of the family in modeling and supporting learning.