A few weeks ago, I received an email asking me (I think, because I can’t really remember at my advanced age) to blog about a product.
As I normally do, I read the email.
Then I immediately went to my go to move which is hit delete and get on with my sad and pathetic life.
I don’t know why, it’s just the way my life is.
Oh, you are probably thinking why do I delete all of my emails. My bad.
Because most of the emails I get don’t have anything to peak my interest. Like a free t-shirt. Or a trip. Or the time honored attention grabber… cash.
But something about this particular one caught my attention.
It talked about improving test scores.
And while I don’t know much, I do know we’re all obsessed with test scores (whether we like it or not… and most of us probably don’t).
The product in the email was Whiffers.
They are scented wrist bands students can wear while testing.
Evidently the bands make kids really smart.
And who amongst us doesn’t need more really smart kids?
Now in effort of full disclosure (and on the advice of the PrincipalsPage.com lawyers), I want to say I’m not a stockholder in the company, or on the payroll, or even at this point a believer.
What I am is curious.
Can we really effect the test scores of our students with a wrist band that smells like spearmint? Or peppermint? Or even lavender?
It sounds crazy.
But what if it’s just crazy enough to work? Maybe it’s like a blog about nothing.
What if the “Whiffer Suits” are on to something?
Even if the bands help a little, it might be enough to improve test scores to a level where a school district is successful instead of failing.
Now you might be asking is this an official PrincipalsPage.com Blog endorsement?
No it’s not.
As I mentioned earlier there has been no official exchange of a free t-shirt.
And without that, there is no chance of an endorsement.
What has happened is they’ve made me think. Mainly about the steps adults in education will take to improve test scores.
If these bands work, Whiffers will sell them by the millions.
Even if they don’t work, I think they will still sell.
Say what you want, but America is a great country.
And it’s based on business and entrepreneurs.
Somewhere along the way, someone figured out we needed to test our students.
And then someone else figured out there was big money to be made on testing our students.
Now, educational testing at the K-12 level is a huge billion dollar business (I’ve just made up a number… it’s probably more).
Whiffers is on the right track, one way or another.
Now if I could only figure out how I could get a small cut of this action.
Or at least a free t-shirt (yes, once again it’s all about me).
If you have a special secret to improve test scores, please send it my way. But keep in mind, I’m going to steal the idea and give you absolutely NO credit.