In the grand scheme of things, a bad grade doesn’t matter, but to a sensitive little kid, a failing grade can be a huge hit to their self-confidence, which is why one mom nervously awaited the results of her son’s standardized tests.
At the age of 5, Gail Twist’s little boy Ben was diagnosed with autism and she knew even sitting through a standardized school test was going to be difficult for her now 11-year-old son, so when Ben managed to sit through the test, Gail was already so proud of him. However, she knew how hard he would take it if he got a bad grade.
Finally the day Gail had been dreading came, and Ben’s test results were in. As she had feared, Ben failed his Standardized Assessment Tests, but she was stunned by what else she found in the letter.
“A very important piece of information I want you to understand is that these tests only measure a little bit of you and your abilities,” Ben’s teacher Ruth Clarkson explained in a letter to Ben. “They are important and you have done so well but Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents that we at Lansbury Bridge see and measure in other ways.”
Gail barely got halfway through the letter before she started crying as Clarkson started listing off all of her son’s talents like his kindness, ability to make friends, and artistic skills.
“We are so pleased that all of these different talents and abilities make you the special person you are and these are all of the things we measure to reassure us that you are always making progress and continuing to develop as a lovely bright young man. Well done Ben, we are very proud of you,” the letter concluded.
“Ben is sensitive and he does worry about things, and I wish more schools did things like this,” Gail said. “He is all of the things they wrote about him – he is an amazing person. I think their words will stay with him if we keep reminding him what they said about him. When I told him he said: ‘Wow, do they really think all those things about me?’ It’s just a beautiful thing to do.”
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[Featured image: Twitter/Gail Twist]