Tests: The Real and the Simulated

There are simulated tests and there are real tests.

A simulated test is designed by a human being to approximate a real-life situation but a real test IS the real-life situation.

A math test is calculating how much one number minus another number is. A real test is figuring out how much change to give back to a customer while other customers are complaining about the long line while keeping a smiling face.

Only real tests have real consequences and emotional anchors that scar or strengthen us for life.

As a parent, we have to balance between the simulated tests we create for our children and real tests we allow them to survive to innoculate them against life.

Too much of one and they become booksmart but not streetsmart. Too much of another and they become streetsmart but not booksmart.

The balance. Find it.