- Teacher writes a heartwarming letter to a boy with autism who failed his exams
- Teacher Ruth Clarkson told student Ben Twist that exams are not everything
- She said he has many talents that are not measured in those tests
Exams are not everything.
This was what teacher Ruth Clarkson told her student who suffers from autism, Ben Twist, after he failed his exams.
In an article written by Ruta Grasyte of Bored Panda, it was disclosed that Clarkson of Lansbury Bridge School & Sports College wrote a touching letter to 11-year-old Twist after he failed his exams. She told him that exams are not everything and he has a lot of talents that cannot be measured by those tests.
Twist was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. He attends a school for children with learning difficulties at Merseyside in the United Kingdom.
The boy recently took a series of exams. Despite doing his best, however, the results did not turn out well.
He could have been so devasted — but thanks to Clarkson and her good heart. She wrote him a letter telling him the reasons why he should not be sad because of what happened.
The teacher said Twist has many other skills; including his artistic talents, his abilities in sport, his musical ability, his kindness, his growing independence, and much more.
The letter brought Twist’s mother, Gail, to tears. She then tweeted a photo of it saying: “In tears. A letter to my 11-year-old autistic son from his school. ‘These tests only measure a little bit of you.'”
The tweeted photo gained the hearts of many Twitter users.
“@gailtwist @welshjaci what a wonderful school your son goes to,” wrote Twitter user @sammeegiles.
“@gailtwist, your son has the greatest gift! And that’s coming from an autistic adult like myself,” tweeted @marmike91.
“@gailtwist, in light of all of these heartbreaking stories, Ben just provided the smile I needed!” said @taharka32.
As of posting, the photo has generated 4,843 favorites and 9,178 retweets.