In Reply to: Full potential posted by Vicki on May 19, 2008 at 12:08:
: I would like to know what it means when a teacher says my child is not working to his full potential. Is she saying he is lazy? What does that phrase mean?
It means, "He can do better". It is a bit of 'educationese', pseudo-scientific jargon meant to reassure everyone that the difficult relationship between teacher and pupil is under the benevolent control of an exactingly trained professional.