My son’s public school has asked parents to donate items for “care packages” that are designed to “promote a positive and encouraging End of Grade Testing environment.” They have asked for the following items:
- two No. 2 pencils,
- one highlighter,
- a few peppermint candies,
- a small bag of chips,
- a small fruit juice box, and
- a note from each students’ family encouraging them to do their best on all EOGs.
In response, I have created a unique care package for students at the school.
- two No. 2 pencils with the phrase “taxation is theft” engraved on them,
- , Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
- peppermint candies made with high fructose corn syrup,
- a 10-ounce bag of kettle-cooked salt and vinegar chips,
- a two-quart bottle of juice with a maximum fruit juice content of 10 percent, and
- a copy of Jay Greene’s article, “Evidence for the Disconnect Between Changing Test Scores and Changing Later Life Outcomes.”