The pressure on students to take constant standardized tests grows every year, so when one teacher handed out a letter to students reminding them that they are, y'know, people, it reduced one student and his mom to tears.
In Indiana, one of the important elementary school tests is called the ISTEP, and it can cause great anxiety among students whose academic progress will be measured by it. When a mom named Abby Martin went to go pick up her son Ryan from school, she was naturally concerned when he said he had been crying in class. Ryan didn't get picked on or hurt on the playground, though; he was crying because his teacher passed out a note telling students that although the test is important, it isn't everything:
It's worth noting (again) that the teacher wasn't dismissing the test or telling kids that they'll be amazing even if they don't study. She was just reminding them that there's a lot more to them than the ISTEP (or whatever the version is in your state). Martin said that she wished there were more teachers like her son's, but it's safe to say a lot of adults could use this reminder, too. Your salary may not be all that and a bag of chips, as the kids once said, but maybe you're a good parent and you volunteer and you can do really good impressions of actors. At the very least, there's a good chance more people would like to hang out with you than noted awful rich person Martin Shkreli.