The Internet’s Response To This Teacher Failing The SATs Test Was Not What We Expected

For those of us who are no longer in school, there are some things we really miss. We took for granted seeing our friends everyday and learning new things. However, there are definitely other parts of school you couldn’t pay us to do over. Two words, in particular, will haunt us no matter how much time passes…Standardized Tests.

When I was younger, I was convinced that standardized testing was a horrible, evil punishment the teachers created just to make us crazy. Having to sit in silence, marking in scantrons for hours on end was absolutely unbearable. Even thinking about it now makes my skin crawl. Prep courses, hours of studying, hair pulling, and sleepless nights for an exam that determined the next step in your academic career.

The “best” part of all, this information we spent so much time absorbing is seldom IF EVER used out here in the real world. As preposterous as this is, we’ve accepted it as a necessary evil…until now. Abi Elphinstone, a former English teacher is electrifying social media with her Facebook post shamelessly admitting that she failed the 2016 SATs. While we suspected a level of negativity surrounding the post, there was a surprising and overwhelming amount of support rallying behind Elphinstone and her honesty.

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In her post, Elphinstone goes into detail about her personal struggle and challenges within the academic realm.

“I’m dyslexic and I had 96 rejections from literary agents on my previous unpublished books so I know a fair bit about courage and perseverance.”

She also speaks to the importance of hard work and determination both in life and school.

Then she asserts her views on the absurdity of English SATs.

“I am not on side with the English SATs test. It contains irrelevant and obscure information that does little to enrich a child’s learning.”

While we expected some kind of parental uproar, the comments proved to take a more encouraging and relatable turn.


These women relayed struggles with their own children.

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This commenter talked about her own experiences and success without test scores.

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Many others continued to voice their support.

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So maybe there is something to be said for, at the very least, revising the way schools are testing children. Imagine a world where future kids aren’t induced into anxiety attacks because of a test!

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