“The Bathtub Test”

4 Jun

Dear Readers,

A NJ friend sent “the bathtub test” to me (as well as others) in an email. It is my opinion (my two cents worth) we live in a time when testing seems to take on far too much importance and far too many decisions are based on such said tests. In our present world of testing, this joke (below) is the perfect example why some children do not test well in school and hence get “labeled.” Many times the test is flawed or “the administrator” of the tests set children up for failure.

On Tuesday, May 29 my local newspaper, “The Plain Dealer” in the Health section had an article called “Measuring fat a science? Fat chance,” by Zachary Lewis “7 tests with various instruments give results all over the map.” Mr. Lewis says “at 6 feet 6 inches and 185 pounds, I’m already about as skinny as I should or want to be. Turns out, something was wrong. But it wasn’t my diet or level of exercise. It was the test.”

On the same page of the paper a Q and A by Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M, D, “Signs to look for in children to detect dyslexia and get help.” they say testing can start for children around the age of 3. “And MRIs can help confirm a diagnosis by identifying difference in brain activity…” Please know I am certainly in support of early detection for health concerns because the earlier diagnosis the better position/chance for a full recovery or to receive the needed support to ensure the best quality of life that can be expected. The Drs. went on to list some questions for parents… “Has problems getting dressed, like consistently buttoning up wrong or putting shoes on the wrong feet,” …enjoys hearing stories, but isn’t interested in printed letters or words.”

I think as a society we have gone off the deep end trying to making everyone perfect instead of enjoying all the different flavors individuals bring to the table. My belief, focusing on the limitation doesn’t leave much energy for creating and developing strengths in a person that would far out weigh their so-called short comings.

Maybe my perspective is tainted? Given my view I’ve had regarding children for the last 29 years. Mother of three, Step-Mother of four, room-mother, PTA Co-President, (other PTA positions), tutored children in reading and math in the elementary grades, chaperoned many field trips to zoo’s, museums, amusement parts, assisted many school projects and programs etc. just sometimes a child’s true gifts are not captured on a test. And by identify issues or limitations can create (unknowingly) more obstacles for the child to over come. I do believe when a child goes through a battery of tests (or anyone for that matter), they will find something! The labeling begins, creating possible self-doubt and a crutch/excuse for them and/or others to lean on and to blame.

Many of the so called imperfections, limitations or disabilities can actually make the child more resourceful and more determined to discover ways to compensate, puts a little “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” in them! Which will only serve them well in the future and in life. And don’t we all have some kind of imperfection/s…now really, no one is perfect, no matter how much one thinks so…which I guess would be their obvious limitation and obstacle to over come!

But for today….

…We can all laugh as we MIND YOUR BUSINESS because as we know, humor is a wonderful way to deal with some of the unpleasantness of life and the reality (the loss of dignity) of aging.


The Bathtub Test

During a visit to my doctor, I asked him,

“How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an assisted living?”

“Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub.”


“Oh, I understand,” I said.

“A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

“No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug.

Do you want a bed near the window?”


Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!

Kindest regards,


President and CEO







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