Throw Out Your Ruler

"So, Diane,  tell me - is Ellen in your top three?"

Ellen, a seventh grader, was a new transfer student. She'd come from the prestigious preparatory division of a big-city conservatory. (Her parents had told me that in their first phone call.) She'd only been with me a few months. Her dad, a stock broker, was anxious to know how she compared to my other students.

"Hmm...to be honest, I wouldn't...

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