A quiet little 4th grade Korean girl wrote this in a creative writing class I’m teaching in the Beverly Hills School District. Still waters run deep.

“A girl took a test. She messed up. So she left the room, fell down from the third floor, and a few days later she died. She became a zombie and killed the teacher who made the test. And she killed the students who got A or B on the test, and turned other students into zombies.”

I’m glad this little girl has this creative outlet to let out some of her stress. I’ve forgotten how stressful school can be, even grade school, especially when education is the number one value in the household. Being encouraged to write without inhibition is a great way to release the pressure valves so kids don’t become stressed-out zombies.

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