Apropos those report cards that came home the other day, I’m happy to announce that, if Little Bookworm were to take the standardized test that drives modern public education, she would score in the 70% to 94% range. In other words, her work quality floats somewhere between barely passing and excellent.
As you can imagine, I found this report card useless. What in the world kind of education system sends children home with a report card that doesn’t convey any meaningful information to the parent about the child’s academic performance? As it happens, because I monitor closely the work my child brings home, I know that her output is in the 93% range — or an old-fashioned “A.” Since I already know that, why did they bother to waste my time with pieces of paper that do nothing more than satisfy the school’s own internal obsession with those damn tests? But as I am learning, one of the main functions of the public school system seems to be to waste parents’ time with pointless, meaningless minutiae.