Your Values and Your Kids

The majority of our students just finished taking their ERB’s. While the nation as a whole has been pretty anxious about standardized tests for a couple decades, the trend of late has been moving away from such worries. Colleges are looking for more interesting, sincere, and mature kids, parents and many private schools (public schools don’t yet have the choice) are growing tired of of the contant stress. At TFS, we give standardized tests to increase familiarity and therefore reduce anxiety, and it provides some objective feedback for teachers regarding student retention. When you receive the scores (or any scores) this spring, it begs the question, what is important to us as parents? I know I don’t really want our kids to be merely successful (it’s so relative) or happy (it’s impossible anyway). I really want them to make the world a better place. I want them to be kind and just and resilient and courageous. I want them to know themselves well–both their strengths and their weaknesses, and love learning and growing. What do you want for your children? This is worth taking the time to articulate to yourself, and to them, because you are supporting it every day with your actions, whether you know it or not. Most likely, it’s nothing a test can ever measure…