最令学生感动的一封信 U.K. Teacher Writes Moving Letter to Student With Autism Who Didn’t Pass Standardized Test

(英国.伦敦17日讯)求学不是求分数,考试成绩并非评定能力的唯一标准。英国一名自闭症学童在全国统一考试中不及格,让他感到沮丧。然而,老师日前写了一封信,温馨提示他其实拥有很多考试未有评量的才能,并为他感到自豪。男童母亲边读信边流泪,并在推特分享这则感人故事。

特威斯特5岁时确诊自闭症,有社交和沟通障碍、感知系统有问题、大脑处理信息亦较他人缓慢,学习时仰赖视觉效果和反覆背诵。他现就读默西赛德郡的兰斯伯里桥学校与体育学院,是一所专门为有学习障碍孩童而设立的学校。特威斯特努力温习,在本年初参加标准成绩考试(SATs),可惜成绩未如理想,令他大失所望。助理教务主任克拉克森却写了一封信给他,认可他付出的努力和成就。

测验只量度部份能力信中首先恭喜特威斯特以良好态度完成了SATs,“我想你明白,这些测验只量度了你和你的才能一小部份而已。这些固然重要,而你已做得很好,但特威斯特是由很多其他技巧和才能共同构成的”,并列举了他的多项才能,包括艺术、团队合作、友善、独立、运动、表达意见和自我评价。信末又称,“这些不同的才能使得你成为特别的人”,而学校亦是以此为标准来评价学生,也因而确认他正持续成长,成为一个可爱光明的男生,学校为他感到自豪。特威斯特的母亲指儿子认为此信“很棒”,又难以相信有人如此赞扬他。

文章来源:星洲日报·2016.07.18


U.K. Teacher Writes Moving Letter to Student With Autism Who Didn’t Pass Standardized Test

At Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College, a school for students with special needs in St. Helens, England, most students opt out of taking the country’s standardized tests. Not 11-year-old Ben Twist though. Twist decided he was up for the challenge and sat down for his SATs, the U.K.’s version of a high school placement test. Though Twist did not pass the exam, his teacher sent him home with a note highlighting his accomplishments as a student, accomplishments which aren’t measured by placement exams.

The note – shared by Twist’s mother, Gail Twist, on Twitter – congratulates the young man on his attitude and success in completing the exam. His teacher, Mrs. Clarkson, then goes to share a crucial lesson about standardized tests. “A very important piece of information I want you to understand is that these tests only measure a little bit of you and your abilities,” Clarkson writes. “They are important and you have done so well but Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents that we at Lansbury Bridge see and measure in other ways.”

Clarkson then goes on to list some of Twist’s skills and talents including: his kindness, ability to make friends, artistic talent, and athletic prowess among many others.

You can read Clarkson’s full letter below.


The letter reads:

I am writing to you to congratulate you on your attitude and success in completing your end of key stage SATs.

Gil, Lynn, Angela, Steph and Anne have worked so well with you this year and you have made some fabulous progress. I have written to you and your parents to tell you the results of the tests.

A very important piece of information I want you to understand is that these tests only measure a little bit of you and your abilities. They are important and you have done so well but Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents that we at Lansbury Bridge see and measure in other ways.

Other talents you have that these test do not measure include

• Your artistic talents

• Your ability to work in a team

• Your growing independence

• Your kindness

• Your ability to express your opinion

• Your abilities in sport

• Your ability to make and keep friends

• Your ability to discuss and evaluate your own progress

• Your design and building talents

• Your musical ability

We are so pleased that all of these different talents and abilities make you the special person you are and these are all of the things we measure to reassure us that you are always making progress and continuing to develop as a lovely bright young man.

Well done Ben, we are very proud of you.

Best Wishes,

Mrs Clarkson

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