May 10, 2012
Every spring, it is the same.
Azaleas bloom, lilac scents waft, and our children take standardized tests.
But this year is different.
Oh, the azaleas are in full bloom, I've breathed lilac aroma, and our children have sat through tests.
But this year, I am free.
I am free from the 'my child must score the highest possible score on a test and qualify for the John Hopkins gifted program with over a 95 percentile so I can feel validated as a mom, teacher, homeschooler, and person.' I no longer feel like I am taking the test. I am free from the expectation that my child's test accomplishments are the sole reflection, good or bad, upon my abilities.
What has changed?
I am trusting Him and His ways, and resting in His peace. Though a standardized test can give us valuable information, it is not the whole picture of my children's education. So, I am leaving the score card of a standardized test in its proper place, as a part of the picture and not the whole.