The Lighter Side: The many ways to be smart

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Here’s a nice way to end the week. A letter sent home by primary school in Lancashire, UK, has made headlines with its supportive message reminding students that there is life beyond test scores. The letter accompanied national test results, and told students that tests couldn’t measure their value to their teachers, friends, families and communities.
Read the letter below, and let us know in the comments what valuable employee traits often go unmeasured:
Please find enclosed your end of KS2 test results. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.
However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you... the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do.
They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture.
They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school.
They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.
They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best... the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.
So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.
  • Cindy Palmer on 2014-07-18 11:27:17 AM

    WOW! We need more of this in the world. This definitely sends the message that the focus needs to be "inside-out"- focus on character verses results. THis applies to everything from parenting, society and workplaces.

  • Nancy Sweiger on 2014-07-18 6:04:01 PM

    "Standardized" testing came into vogue approximately 15 yrs ago in Ontario, Canada. It has remained the "lie" of our education system. Every year, parents and their children are subjected to the pressures associated with "testing". This "testing" measures nothing that is truly important. If you are a sensitive child but cannot do the math or literacy stipulated by the "great Oz", you are slotted into the underachieving section - nobody recognizing your emotional superiority. Consultants making $1000/day get to rationalize academic ABUSE. I do mean.....academic abuse. I would much rather support the emotionally superior child, than the child, who can spell!!!!

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