Mallory’s Inexorable Struggle
Such a time was a time loathed by students and teachers alike, standardized testing. A stressful and soul crushing experience throughout the year, treating students as a collective after a century of hammering the evils of collectivism into the population’s minds, and restricting and degrading teachers despite their crucial role in life.
At the back of the classroom, Mallory Kurtarici was in the middle of the algebra section of her state test. Time was running out and a fourth of a way through she did not understand the problems on the test, she did not take algebra that year, and did not remember much from when she did. The whole ordeal was incredibly stressful for her, and she was doing her best not to freak out. She was twitchy and trying to calm herself down.