you are greater than any test

To my kids, and all the kids in the midst of standardized testing:

You are greater than any test.

Let me repeat that: You are GREATER than any test.

It doesn’t matter to me the test score, what matters, to me is how hard you try.

This is why.

I want you to be empathetic and kind. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to love others. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to like learning. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to treat others with respect. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to be filled with confidence. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to try new things. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to be daring. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to be a friend. A test doesn’t measure that.

I want you to be creative. A test doesn’t measure that.

Now, listen, I know that when the time starts and you’re holding that number two pencil that it’s hard to remember that. I get it. We live in a world of grades and tests. And learning to talk a test is NOT a bad thing. It’s a good thing to figure out test taking skills. It teaches you patience, determination and how to figure stuff out under pressure.

But remember – the test is only a small portion of what you know.

We know that. Teachers know that. Parents know that.

You have true powerful value beyond that test.

And that is what I want you to remember as you read those questions and fill in your answers.

You are greater than any test.

You are valuable and wonderful and a gift to this world.

Not because of a test.

Because you are you.

~Rachel
#findingjoy

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