Shedding Light in the Darkness

A Brilliant Letter Sent to Students Before Taking Exams


Teachers at an elementary school in the U.K. sent out this wonderful, inspiring letter to all their students before they took their exams, known as SATs (Standard Assessment Tests). It highlights important, unique human qualities that testing does not reveal.

“Next week you will sit your SATs tests for math, reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation. We know how hard you have worked, but there is something very important you must know:

“The SATs test does not assess all what makes each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you the way that we do and certainly not in the way your families do.

“They do not know that some of you speak two languages or that you love to sing or draw. They have not seen your natural talent for dancing or playing a musical instrument.

“They do not know that your friends can count on you to be there for them; that your laughter can brighten the darkest day or that your face turns red when you feel shy.

“They do not know that you participate in sports, wonder about the future, or sometimes help your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy and thoughtful and that every day you try to be your very best.”

The letter goes on to say that the tests are not the most important thing in life adding: “The levels you will get from this test will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart.

“You are smart! So while you are preparing for the test and in the midst of it all, remember that there is no way to ‘test’ all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU!”

It closed with an Aristotle quote: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”


One response to “A Brilliant Letter Sent to Students Before Taking Exams

  1. Sandra Steigerwald May 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I love this.


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