There's been a lot of talk this week about Florida students' low scores on the FCAT Writing standardized tests. The grading system was changed to incorporate spelling and punctuation, and 73 percent of Florida fourth graders failed
While the legislators and education people will be the ones to figure out the problem, there's somebody else with a hat in the ring -- Zazzle.com designer KnightOwl, who sells shirts and bumper stickers, some of which make fun of the FCAT. According to KnightOwl, FCAT stands not for "Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test," but for "Forget College After This." Or "Florida Causing Adolescent Trauma," or, in a stretch, "Further Child Abuse Test."
But for all you FCAT students who are feeling down, don't worry -- "There's a point," according to another of KnightOwl's shirts
, "when the PAIN you feel needs 2 drive u, 2 SUCCEED."