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[Susan notes: When making the point that Standardisto educators behaved very badly, it is wonderful to be able to offer a counter example of a principal who did the right thing. This story is a keeper.]

Submitted to Corpus Christi Caller-Times but not published

To the editor

I've taught at a "low performing" school in inner city Memphis for several years now. A few years back, we had a student who was recieving treatment for Leukemia at St. Jude's Research Hospital. There were three children from the same family, all enrolled in our school. The parents called the principal, panicked, the week before state testing was to begin. It seems the Make a Wish foundation had contacted them, and the family's trip had been scheduled for the next week. The parents were concerned about their children missing the state test.

My principal told them to go. And his comment to me the following Monday, when looking at attendance numbers was "Some things are more important than getting off the list".

High stakes testing and NCLB is inhumane enough as is. Forcing students to take tests over medical advice, while injured, or during serious family crisis like the death of a sibling is downright abusive.

Donna Metler

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