Teacher’s letter to autistic learner goes viral – for all the right reasons

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12 July 2016

When 11-year-old Ben Twist failed a number of tests he received a letter from his teacher. And it was anything but what he and his mother expected.

When 11-year-old Ben Twist failed a number of tests he received a letter from his teacher. And it was anything but what he and his mother expected. Ben’s mother describes him as a sensitive, loving child with a wonderful sense of humour. He attends the Lansbury Bridge School & Sports College in Merseyside in die northwest of England.

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Ben was the only learner this year who had to do the standard analysis tests and unfortunately he didn’t pass.

His teacher, Ruth Clarkson, decided to put pen to paper and write a letter to Ben – but not to criticize him or discourage him. Ruth’s letter to Ben is an inspiring example to many teachers. Read more: The touching reason this teacher wrote over 100 letters to her students In her letter, addressed personally to Ben, she praises him for the outstanding progress he’s made. She backs this praise with important information about the tests. “These tests measure only a little bit of you and your abilities,” she wrote. She didn’t deny the importance of the tests but made it clear that other factors also played a role. “Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents that we at Lansbury Bridge see and measure in other ways,” she continued.

Ruth went on to tell Ben about all his other talents that can’t be measured by the tests. These included his creative talents, his friendliness, his ability to make and keep friends and his increasing independence.
Ruth ended her inspiring letter by telling Ben how special his talents made him. She also mentioned that some of the tests are aimed at helping the school to help ensure that he grows and makes progress.

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Ben’s mom, Gail Twist, says the reaction to Ruth’s letter on social media, a platform that can be cruel, was overwhelmingly positive.

Sources: telegraph.co.uk, liverpoolecho.co.uk, Instagram

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