I received a letter from a student in Renton, Washington. I will not include the student’s name, to protect his or her privacy. I was moved by the honesty and thoughtfulness of this letter. If we have 11-years old this smart, our nation’s future is secure. This young person makes me feel like a teacher. I can’t think of a better way to feel today!


“Dear Mrs. Ravitch,


First of all, let me say that you are my inspiration. I love all that you do. I love how you blog every day. It helps me find out what’s happening to our world.

My name is —– ——. I go to Nelsen Middle School. I live in Renton, Washington. I am 11 years old. I especially like one of the blogs you wrote about on March 13, 2013, “The Day the Teachers Said No.” I strongly agree with you there’s no point to do this pointless testing if all they are doing is marketing students. I like how you said, “in unity there is strength.”

Another one of your blogs called “National day of action for Garfield High School and Seattle Schools Boycotting the MAP.” I’m so glad they’re boycotting it because there is no need to take the test. Like I said before, it is pointless.

The last blog piece I really liked was “Are You As Smart as a 5th Grader,” some of the stuff I thought we were supposed to learn in another grade, I mean really.

Thank you for what you do. I bet thousands of thousands of people read your blog every day and I’m happy to be one of them.




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