This article was originally posted on Upworthy.com
We all remember testing season right?
I certainly do. Right around April, you start to realize that the standardized tests, finals, and readiness exams you’ve been hearing about all year are actual real things that are actually going to happen.
All the pressure starts to bear down on your shoulders like so many textbooks in your backpack.
If I fail this test, will I fail the class? If I fail the class, will I fail fifth grade? If I fail fifth grade, am I even allowed to be a functioning member of society? Will they just throw me in jail and I’ll have to live out the rest of my life eating oatmeal and lifting weights? I guess I could get used to oatmeal, but I thought I would do great things with my life!
HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN TO ME?
Looking back, it might seem silly, but for kids going through it, the pressure is still very real. And adults are starting to listen.
Chandni Langford, who teaches fifth grade at Evergreen Avenue Elementary School in New Jersey, had a pretty cool idea to help ease the pressure.
“They were excited. I think it eased their nerves a bit,” Langford told the Huffington Post. “Some of them wanted to keep them on their desks forever.”
Some are fighting back against standardized testing as an institution. Even encouraging their kids to opt out of high-pressure tests.
Historian Diane Ravitch recently created an Opt Out 2016campaign, arguing that standardized testing provides no valuable information about a student’s abilities and are often an unfair tool to evaluate teachers. There are also opinion pieces galoresaying that standardized tests are outdated, unfair to students and teachers, and take up too much time in the classroom.
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Whatever your thoughts are about standardized testing the truth is that students everywhere feel the pressure. So hats off to these wonderful teachers for letting the students know that they are loved.