A cold windy morning
Names listed on the wall
Chants of “get in a line” from a distant officer
So begins our day
Grey walls with faded white tile
Bleak rooms of silence
The burning pain of metal against skin
This is the reality for our next four hours
Familiar faces- lacking in number
Then a distinguished leader appears
“Your time starts now”
Welcome to the SAT.
The accuracy of this description make me worry and wonder as to why, in this particular moment, the education system starkly resembles the opening to a dystopian novel. Sure we’re taking a test, but what if a test of knowledge was seen more as a fun thing? To challenge your knowledge shouldn’t seem so grim.