Teacher’s Sweet Letter To Her Students Tells Them The ‘Many Ways To Be Smart’
A primary school in Lancashire, UK, sent home a letter with her students’ test scores. Instead of just giving them their scores and leaving it at that, she took the time to explain that tests only measure a very narrow set of skills, while the real value of individual human beings can’t be measured by such things.
The letter has now gone viral all over the Internet. Why does it resonate with so many people? Well, I think the message that there are many ways to matter applies to everyone. We all feel like we’re not smart enough or pretty enough or skinny enough. But, what we don’t think about sometimes is that being nice is more important as being smart or pretty or skinny.
Here’s the letter’s text in its entirety via the BBC:
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.
Once the letter went viral, the school responded on Twitter and their response is pretty adorable:
Wow. There are posts all over the world about this letter!! All we did was remind our Y6 how amazing they are!!! pic.twitter.com/nKNGhwc9MY
— Barrowford School (@BarrowfordSch) July 15, 2014