With the annual implementation of the NAPLAN assessment (nation wide standardised testing) this quote rings louder and clearer each year. How ridiculous to think this sort of testing, gives us a true picture of the individual child. How demoralising, at a very young age, is it to see that large red dot glaring at you from way down in the “below expected level” zone. My daughter teaches in an aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. Her ESL students have to sit these tests. For some of them, filling in the name and grade on the front, is an achievement. Let’s celebrate the whole child without the judgement. Lets enjoy the differences, the strengths, the quirkiness and the abilities of us all and stop judging genius by one’s ability to climb that tree!