If this doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, I don’t know what will!
Teachers these days have it rough. They are over-worked and under-paid…and to top it all off, they have to spend a lot of their time teaching a curriculum that doesn’t contribute to a student’s well-being. They spent this time preparing for “standardized tests” that may even dictate if schools can keep their budgets and if teachers can keep their jobs.
The issue of the effectiveness of these tests is still under heavy debate, but until we can do anything about it, teachers are taking matters into their own hands.
One grateful mom posted this letter on Facebook after her son admitted to crying in school. It’s beautiful.
Next week you will take you ISTEP test for math and reading, and two weeks after that you will take your IREAD test. I know how hard you have worked, but there is something very important you must know.
The ISTEP and IREAD tests do not assess all of what makes you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you like I do, and certainly not the way your families do.
They do not know that some of you speak two languages, or that you love to sing or draw. They have not seen your natural talent for dancing. They do not know that you friends count on you to be there for them, that your laughter can brighten the darkest day, or that your face turns red when you feel shy. They do not know that you participate in sports, wonder about the future, or sometimes you help with your little brother or little sister after school. They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy, and thoughtful…and every day you try to be your very best.
The scores you will get from these tests will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. These tests do not define you. There are many ways of being smart. YOU are smart! You are enough! You are the light that brightens my day and the reason I am happy to come to work each day. So, in the midst of all of these tests, remember that there is no way to “test” all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU.
All I ask is that you do your personal best and do not give up. You have been working for this since Kindergarten and are ready! I believe in you!”
If you have ever questioned whether or not teachers care about their students…wonder no more. This is eloquent and so full of emotion that I ended up with a tear in my eye! What a beautiful person this teacher is!
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