Like the daffodils, I can get the CushKins to produce results ahead of their natural time. I can create conditions which yield thrilling looking results. I can prop them up so they pass AIMSweb benchmarking tasks. I could teach strategies so that they do better on our reading benchmark...but to what end? I've seen teachers so focused on test results that they narrow their focus to such an extreme focus that their students become like those forced daffodils. Real learning is put on hold and it can take years to recover from the forced blooming. Many educators feel so pressured to get results on a certain timeline that they put the rich, messy, and sometimes unpredictable work of real learning on hold. I challenge educators to focus on real and experiential learning for a purpose. I challenge parents to trust their child's own timeline of development. I challenge administrators to look past metrics and into the eyes of learners in their schools. We all have a part to play to help our learners thrive for a lifetime.