When Ben took the UK’s Standard Attainment Tests for 11-year-olds, he didn’t do as well as he had expected. Although he had prepared well, he still ended up failing.
His teacher, Ruth Clarkson, decided to write Ben a letter. Now, that letter is winning praise around the world.
Ben is 11 years old and studies at the Lansbury Bridge School & Sports College in northern England. He has autism, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing his best and studying well.
A couple of weeks ago, Ben’s mom posted a photo on Twitter of a letter that her son received from his school teacher. Ben’s teacher, Mrs. Clarkson, wrote him the letter soon after he failed the SAT exam. But she didn’t criticize him at all. Instead, she decribed all of the things that Ben excels at.
Here it is:
What a nice message! I was touched by Mrs. Clarkson’s fine letter. Since Ben’s mom, Gail Twist, tweeted the letter, it’s reached thousands of people. Over 9,000 people have liked the picture on Twitter, and it’s been retweeted nearly 5,000 times. So how does Ben feel about the letter?
Well, of course, he’s very happy.
“Wow. Do they really think that about me? I feel amazing,” Ben said after his mom read the letter, according to BuzzFeed.
We can all learn from this letter. No test can define any one of us—because we all have so many qualities that no standardized can measure. Share if you agree!
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