At the start of class Alice — pictured below — sat sobbing uncontrollably.
Tears streamed down her cheeks. She couldn’t catch her breath. Alice, a ten year-old fourth grader, was having a panic attack.
Because Alice’s Chinese math teacher berated her for poor test results. Maybe I’m missing something because I’m a foreigner, but math shouldn’t be this upsetting. A child’s well-being shouldn’t depend on the results of any single test, especially when the child is only in fourth grade.
But again, maybe I’m missing something. What do you think? Should 4th grade math be this upsetting?