Touching Letter From School Reminds Kids That Test Scores Aren't Everything
byKaitlin StanfordJul 18, 2014
No one's a stranger to the pressure of grade school test-taking. Gearing up for the SATs, AP exams or other standardized tests haunted your childhood, and probably still haunts you now with your own kids. But at the end of the day, sometimes we all need to take a step back and remember: There's more to life than acing tests.
So goes the now-viral missive sent home to kids and parents from Barrowford Primary School in the United Kingdom. Following the school's annual exams, teacher Kimberly Hurd Horst sat down and typed up the heartwarming letter on behalf of the school, reminding students that each one of them is special in all sorts of ways — and none of those ways involve a letter grade or a test score.
The letter accompanied the students' results for the annual KS2 exam, which tests math, reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. And for Alison Owen, the mother of one of the students, the letter's touching sentiments moved her to tears.
"These tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique," the letter reads. "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."
"The scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything," it continues.
So moved was she by the letter, that Owen immediately posted it to Facebook, where it has since been shared over 17,000 times.
"I cannot sing their praises enough," Owen told TODAY about the school and its letter. Her 11-year-old son Charlie started taking classes there just two years ago, after she heard about the school's child-centered approach to education. "They have helped all three of my children not just academically, but in other ways too."