A supported shared this with us today…
My awesome friend’s letter to her child’s teacher today:
“Dear Mr …….,
Jacob and I had a look tonight at his SATS preparation exercises. We are both acutely aware that my child is prone to melodramatic responses but I am astounded by these exercises. Not only are they incomprehensible, badly constructed and so abstract in their nature that it renders them virtual gobbledygook, they are completely out of the bounds of possibility for any typically developing 6 or 7 year old to pass.
I am fully aware that Jacob is behind, but I think we both know he isn’t THIS far behind that he told me he is a ‘loser’ and I should ‘send him back to the baby shop’. We had tears (both of us) and I am unwilling for him to be subjected to this nonsense. I fully expect that to create problems, and in actual fact he is going to be at X with his father on the test dates whilst I am in hospital.
I can’t imagine this period is very easy for yourself, I know this specious Tory invention of a divide and rule system through constantly testing children too young to object, of data mining children into oblivion so as to find the quickest way to extract capital from their very marrow is not of your design, and know that I stand 100% in solidarity with you and your profession in the face of these attacks.
Children are children, and I will not have his mental health put on the line for a pie chart. He has been instructed that if he does have to sit the test then he will read the question and if he doesn’t understand what is being asked he is going to write things that he likes about himself, and what he enjoys doing and draw his fantastical design for a new robot, and I back him all the way.
There is no doubt in my mind you are a great teacher, my son is happy and thriving in your class, he tells me lots of great tales of school, I hope that you continue to inspire him and his peers.”
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