Children in the CMS system here in Charlotte are currently taking their end-of-year exams. Four days of intensive testing … to see how well they test. It’s stupid. But hey, go America!

Anyway, our daughter’s 6th grade math teacher sent this note home with her students.

test note

NOTE: It’s been pointed out to me that this note has been circulated amongst teachers since 1999. And for good reason. It’s amazing for kids to hear this. And no, I’m not going to tell my daughter about the source. Not the night before the exam.


Jim Mitchem

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Jim Mitchem

Writer. Father to daughters. Husband. Ad man. Raised by wolves. @jmitchem on twitter. First novel, Minor King, out now.