An NYC 4th Grader and a California Parent Demonstrate the Power of Writing

Over the past two weeks, parents, teachers and students from across the country have been reaching out to EdGeeks to share about their experiences with standardized testing. In an attempt to engage conversation, support families, share knowledge, and bring about change, EdGeeks will share these pieces with the public. Today, I am featuring two very different voices.

This first piece is an original poem written by an NYC public school student in the fourth grade.

This original student poem was submitted to EdGeeks by a local, NYC parent.

Thank you BBJ! You are a strong writer and a brave fourth grader for sharing your thoughts with the world. I also want to take the opportunity to let you know that many of the teachers I have been hearing from would disagree with the line, “taking tests is a ‘gift’ to teachers.” I thought it was important for you to know that not all teachers enjoy giving tests…in fact many of us want the testing to stop too:)

The following is a letter written by a parent in California. The goal of the letter is to opt her child out of standardized testing. She decided to share this letter as a sample for other families who are considering opting out but don’t quite know where to begin.

This letter was submitted to EdGeeks by an elementary school parent in California.

Feel free to email any submissions or questions to Remember, this is a place to share proactive voices in an effort to bring about change. Thank you to all of my readers who have been submitting their work. You inspire me daily:)

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