My test scores...
We’re moving and in an effort to purge crap from my life so I don’t have to move it, I came across my college entrance scores.
Specifically, my ACT scores. I didn’t take the SAT, it wasn’t required for the college I attended.
I did well.
Anyway, I have spent my WHOLE life- 100% of it- thinking that I was good at reading, writing, and social studies. I teach social studies. I’m pretty good at it.
I spent my whole life thinking I SUCKED at math and science. I dropped chemistry after a week in high school. I took “consumer math” instead of calculus because I thought I would fail.
On the ACT, I scored…
…95th percentile in math
….95th percentile in science
…65th percentile in English & reading
….70th percentile in history
I don’t even remember looking at the score breakdown, just the overall score to compare with my friends.
I’ll tell you now that I don’t have a passion for engineering or medicine. But I do love architecture. A dream that I gave up at about age 13 when I thought I was shit at math.
If someone- ANYONE - had encouraged me just a tiny bit- just a teensy tiny bit- to work at those things… that maybe I wasn’t as bad as I thought…. I can’t promise that I would have done anything with it, but maybe I would have grown up not thinking that I was stupid and that math was for boys.
Remember, teachers- sometimes kids don’t even see it when they’re doing well. They get hung up and frustrated and give up- thinking that B was a lucky break. Notice, and say something, when you see them working hard. You might just be the one voice they need to hear.