Comparison is the thief of joy.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
The burdens grow heavier as you get older and school gets harder. Feels like a sack of stones weighing you down. You can’t get math right to save your life. You’re not as smart as the others. You’re one fry short of a Happy Meal. In fact, you’re so dense you might as well die…
So you plan your escape on the bus one afternoon as you pass the same rural route you’ve traveled every day to the week for the past six years. But the countryside now seems as dark and scary as a scene in a gothic horror show. Though it’s sunny on the outside, it’s raining inside of you and blurring your vision.
You’re coming home with an “E” in math on your report card and you know your parents will soon kill you, so you think of ways to save them the trouble…
If you had the guts you’d sneak your daddy’s double barrel off the gun rack and try blowing your brains out, but you don’t quite have the nerve for such drastic measures. So then you think of your mother’s heart pills in the bathroom medicine cabinet…
And we wonder why the youth suicide rate is so high. As Edward B. Fiske said, “When was the last time you saw a tombstone with SAT scores inscribed on it”
“Not everything that can be counted counts,
and not everything that counts can be counted.”
~ Albert Einstein
Most of the things that really matter in life can’t be measured on a test. Can you measure authenticity, imagination, creativity, curiosity, empathy, compassion - all elements of an education that translate into necessary life skills?
As a child, did you compare yourself with your peers based on your academic performance?
Should students be judged as successes or failures based on test scores?