Recently, an 11-year-old boy named Ben Twist, who happens to have autism, took his school’s SAT exams. Though he did his best, the results were far from what he was expecting.
When teacher Ruth Clarkson learned of his disappointment, she decided to do something special. She sat down and wrote a touching letter to Twist and sent it from the Lansbury Bridge School & Sports College.
She mentions in the letter that the exams aren’t everything and writes that Ben has many other talents that aren’t measured in the tests. It is mentioned that he should be proud of his artistic talents, abilities in sports, his musical ability, his kindness, and his growing independence, which set him apart from other students.
Upon receiving and reading the letter, Ben’s perspective was mightily changed. When his mother, Gail Twist, read the note, she was so overwhelmed with emotion, she posted a photo of it on Twitter where it shortly went viral after.
She wrote: “In tears. A letter to my 11 yr old autistic son from his school. These tests only measure a little bit of you.”
This is the letter he received:
The outpouring of support has been generous!
Remember, it was Einstein who said,“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”
This teacher’s activism has helped remind countless individuals that their worth is not based on test scores.
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