A few days ago, P had a quiz in Chinese. When the quiz was returned and I checked it, he had an additional mistake, which would take his score to 7.5/10 (and this means “just passed”).
So, without mentioning the 7.5, I told him that he made an additional mistake in one number that his lao shi missed. (She checked it correct rather than marked it wrong.)
Me: I think you should tell your lao shi she missed this one. (Pointing to the mistake.)
P: But I would have a minus one more, mom!
Me: Well, yes, your score would be 7.5 instead of 8.5.
Me: But you’ll be telling lao shi the truth. I’m sure she’ll be happy as I will.
Next day, in the midst of play, he casually says “Mom, I told lao shi about the mistake.” I felt my heart swell. I said, “So, what did she say?”
He says, “Oh, she made me erase the wrong word and write the correct one.” I say, “So she didn’t minus your grade anymore?”
Me: I’ll bet you’re happy. I’m so proud of you, P, for telling lao shi the truth