Sunday, November 08, 2009

Monday Math Problem ...




SCATS ~~ I've got several examples of test questions gone awry that I'll post every so often. Enjoy :)

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't you think most kids would understand the question to be "what is the value of x". Try 5. Even Leno's headlines are better than this.

SCATS said...

To 8:11AM ~~ "Don't you think most kids would understand the question to be "what is the value of x"." Not according to test scores.

"Even Leno's headlines are better than this." Now THAT hurts :( Boo hoo!

Anonymous said...

That's cute. It's like "Where's Waldo" and the kids must think the test is for kindergarten.

And Mrs Smarty 8:11, 5 would be wrong. The answer is "5cm".

Anonymous said...

Does anyone over the age of 40 recall what "cm" stands for?

Anonymous said...

I'd give the kid extra credit.
He/she answered the precise question that was asked. Shame on the teacher for not making being crystal clear.

Anonymous said...

12:27
Why over or under 40? Who doesn't know what that means? It's everywhere. There was a time that people had a problem with the attempt to make the US change at the school level to the metric system but we get to keep our miles and feet and inches but we all know due to the BBC programs and internet how to use either system.

SCATS said...

To 2:57PM ~~ I challenge your statement" ... we all know due to the BBC programs and internet how to use either system."

Have you made a trip to the lumberyard relying upon metric? What do they call a 2x4, hmmm? What about grocery shopping? Cooking? Estimating package weights for postage costs? How about shopping for shoes? Clothing? Americans have little idea what metric is all about in their daily lives.

Anonymous said...

I thought the answer was cute and even sent it off to a few friends. Having said that ...

There are some here that seize any example they can find as an opportunity to blame the educational system for some problem or another. To 1:28 PM: Blame the teacher for not making it clear? You can't get any simpler than "find x". That's the language that's used in math. Students know that. If you read software instructions that say "open a new window" and would you respond "but it's too cold out"?

And to SCATS: "Americans have little idea what metric is all about in their daily lives." Yes, unfortunately, that's true. Back in the late 70s, the US was moving along nicely toward the metric system when the Reagan administration decided it wasn't worth our effort to become compatible with the rest of the world. Well, most anyway: that economic giant Myanmar (Burma) is the only other country that clings to the English measurement system. The schools teach kids those inconvenient units of measurement like cm, ml, or kg because if you expect to progress past 10th grade science, you have to know them.

And if you are over 40 and don't know what a cm is, shame on you because you're pulling the (already low) average down.

SCATS said...

To 9:57AM ~~ Just to clarify - I'm in favor of going metric and I always have been. I suspect the person who used 40 years old in their comment intended to show that people who have been out of school for a long time tend to forget a lot of the details they learned while they were in school ... due to lack of use. I know I constantly get my furlongs and fathoms confused!

Anonymous said...

SCATS: Agreed. If we had completed the conversion back in the day, today you would just go to Home Depot and buy 5x10s (cm) instead of 2x4s and not think anything of it. A 2x4 isn't an accurate measurement anyway, but we don't go to the store and by 1-1/2 by 3-1/2. And that's my point, you buy the board and know what you are getting, just like when you buy a 750ml bottle of wine, you don't bother trying to calculate how many fluid ounces is in the bottle.

Anonymous said...

And after I've had the wine I know I don't care. But right now I completely agree with you.