‘A Test You Need to Fail’: A Teacher’s Open Letter to Her 8th Grade Students

This is an outstanding letter from a teacher, Ruth Ann Dandrea. It is referenced in our position paper. If you have written a letter or made a statement about Common Core and market-based reforms, please contact us so we can post it to our blog. Thanks for reading!

“So what should you do, my beautiful, my bright, my intelligent, my talented? Continue. Continue to question. I applaud you, sample writer: When asked the either/or question, you began your response, “Honestly, I think it is both.” You were right, and you were brave, and the test you were taking was neither. And I applaud you, wildest 8th grader of my own, who—when asked how a quote applied to the two characters from the two passages provided—wrote, “I don’t think it applies to either one of them.” Wear your zeroes proudly, kids. This is a test you need to fail.”

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