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Avery's Letter

Susan Notes:

Avery, a second grader, wished that after school she and her classmates who stay late could go play outside, but their teacher insisted they stay inside and do homework.

So what did Avery do? She wrote the principal. The principal has told her he will talk to the teacher.

Avery's mother didn't know about the note until she went to tuck Avery in and Avery mentioned she had just finished writing it.

When Avery told her grandpa about the letter, she said that her teacher had told her there are several ways to end letters--"Sincerely," "Regards," "Best," etc. She said she chose "Best."

Grandpa explained that "Best " doesn't mean "I am the best," but is short for "Best wishes" or "All the best." She laughed and said, "Oh, I thought it meant I am the best." I'd say she is the best.

Avery's letter is good news because it means test mania has not destroyed the activism instinct in one little girl. Or the educator ability to respond to a child.

Maybe teachers in Avery's school--and others reading this--will take heart, learning from her example. Maybe they will write their own letters asking for change in policy.

Dear Mr. Wilson,

It would really mean a lot to me if we could get more fresh air after school. Do you think you could ask Mrs. McDonough if we could get more play time and less homework time?


— Avery


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