“George Brett could fall out of bed on Christmas morning and hit a line drive.” ~ Former Kansas City Royals General Manager John Scherholz
As a Kansas kid, summer meant a break from school, work on the family Christmas tree farm, and Royal’s baseball. It was an era when players spent entire careers with one team, and George Brett epitomized Kansas City baseball. Brett played for the Royal’s from 1973 to 1993, ringing up an impressive list of accomplishments, including 3,154 hits, 317 home runs, 1,595 runs batting in and a .305 lifetime batting average.
All that being said, let’s consider a two game stretch during Brett’s 1980 season. During two games against the Oakland A’s, he tallied nine at-bats and no hits. Zero hits. A .000 batting average. What a shame it would be if we judged George Brett’s season, or career, based upon this two game stretch. Ridiculous, right? After all, there are a number of variables that may have contributed to this mini-slump: pitching, the weather, health, umpiring, etc. By the way, the Hall of Fame third baseman finished the 1980 season with a .390 batting average.
It is testing season at our public schools. A time when we will use three to four days to make a determination about student progress and teacher performance. Even assuming that a standardized test is a valid measurement of student understanding (a big assumption), any number of variables could impact student performance during this relatively small testing window. We wouldn’t judge a professional athlete by those standards, should we be using them to make judgements about students and teachers? Just saying.
Do your best. Maintain perspective. Remember what is important.