Passing a test with flying colors isn’t the only barometer of intelligence — and the Barrowford School in the United Kingdom wants you to know it.
The school recently sent a letter to a test taker explaining that, no matter the results, there’s more to education than being good at tests.
“They [the people who create these tests and score them] do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best,” the letter reads. "The scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything."
Here’s a look at the letter:
This comes at a time when many Americans are beginning to value personal success over caring and kindness to others, according to a recent study by Harvard.
"It's one of those things people say, like, I really want you to be a good person, like that's my main thing," Mila Barerra said to NPR about the study. "But deep inside, it's like, but I really want you to be successful."
Much has also been debated in recent weeks about what education ought to be about. Some have argued that the future of teaching lies in allowing kids free time to play, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of Colorado.
"Unscheduled, unsupervised, playtime is one of the most valuable educational opportunities we give our children," writes Jessica Lahey of The Atlantic. "It is fertile ground; the place where children strengthen social bonds, build emotional maturity, develop cognitive skills, and shore up their physical health."
Others have said that the future lies in study and testing through textbooks, even if not all schools can afford them.
In another article by Jessica Lahey, she explains why one cognitive psychologist at Washington University believes we should be testing our students more.2 comments on this story
"Students who want to memorize information should attempt to retrieve that information from their own memories, rather than review the material over and over from notes or a text," she writes. "This is, at their essence, what tests are intended to do. Tests ask students to look into their wells of knowledge, locate information, and express that knowledge on the page."
But only time — and individual experience — will tell. What do you think?