On the drive to work this morning, I heard this story on National Public Radio - "Children Succeed with Character, Not Test Scores".
Test scores determine who comes into my class, as I teach the "AIS" course for English Language Arts (state mandated "academic intervention services" for students who do not achieve grade level proficiency as determined by standardized test scores). I want to teach students how to overcome this obstacle with character - positive outlook and hard work, not despair, not whining - so they learn how to face and overcome all the other obstacles in their lives.
My students' first day is tomorrow! May this year bring many fun adventures for us all.