I just read a post of a parent from my school who is asking other parents to ask their kids not to share their SAT / ACT scores. The reason was that this parent’s child was feeling bad about their own score because it was low. C’mon. Stop this madness please.
There are so many lessons this parent could teach their child rather than asking the world not to be brag. Here are a few lessons you can teach your kid should they not do well on their silly standardized test.
1. Stop giving a shit about what others think of you. People are going to try to be better than you all the time. The minute you stop giving a shit about what others have or score, the better off you will be. You can start focusing on what you are good at.
2. Standardized test scores are really worthless. There are thousands of colleges and universities that hardly look at them anymore. It is mostly a money maker for big companies to have you pay to take them and pay to study for them.
3. One score does not define you. My SAT score was 790 out of 1600. That’s right. 790. I lived.
I went to college. I got a great job. I have a beautiful home. I have earned, passive, and investment income coming in. So that 790 does not define me. As a matter of fact, I remember not giving a shit about the test and was more focused on a baseball game I had that Saturday afternoon.
As I was driving my producer home today, I saw one of these “math extra study” places full of kids around the ages of 7, 8 and 9. It was 4 o'clock in the afternoon on a beautiful day and these poor kids were sitting in this place. I know why they were in there. Their parents want them to score higher on their math tests. Let that sink in.
Go teach your kid how to start a business, care for others, work on a team, or work on something with their hands. Don’t be the parents that gives a shit about what other kids say about your kids test scores. That will just teach them to be insecure. Find the lesson here and pass it on.