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Let’s stop complaining and focus on learning

I attended schools in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. A warm room, a desk and a qualified teacher were provided for our education. It was up to us as to how much we cared to learn. If we cared enough, we would pass the final exam given every year and, thereby, allowed to pass to the next grade. If we didn’t care enough, we failed, and had to repeat that grade. This was true for all of our elementary school years. In high school, we all took state exams. If we passed, we graduated. If we didn’t pass, we were not allowed to graduate. (No one worried about our delicate psyches.)

Tests are a necessary requirement in order to see where a child stands on the learning curve. They are not administered as a punishment. It’s time to stop complaining about how tough it is for your child, and instead, take time to help your child realize that it is a teacher’s job to teach and it is a student’s job to learn. No one can do it for him or her.

Marge McMillen

East Amherst

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