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01-02-2011 11:03 AM  6 years agoPost 1
InvertedDude

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01-02-2011 02:03 PM  6 years agoPost 2
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I get the point but have to question the validity of the test when I see questions like,
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. Long at $20 per meter?
We were barely using the metric system by 1985 let alone 1895. And I really question it when the term used for measuring lumber, including back in 1895, is board-feet.

The point is still valid that the education system has been dumbing down to the lowest common denominator for a long time. (Remember, people from organizations like the NEA and so on say we can't traumatize little Johnny or little Suzy because they don't know the answer to something so pathetically simple.) All you have to do to prove that is ask 10 current high school graduates to make make change for a dollar and see how many struggle with it.

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01-02-2011 02:07 PM  6 years agoPost 3
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or ask them to read a tape measure....

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01-03-2011 05:08 AM  6 years agoPost 4
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My son is 6 and can read a ruler better than his teacher. There is a story behind that too. He was given a homework assignment and his class is learning basic measurment. I won't go into great detail, but it had an extra optional space to complete. He was to pick an item, measure it, and bring it to class with him the next day. He picked up a Wii game case to measure, and measured the width of it. He counted the little lines past the 5" mark and knows that the tape measures and ruler I have in the house are 1/16" graduations. He measued it at 5 5/16", I verified it. The next day his homework came back with that question marked wrong and my son mad at me. The teacher measured it at 5 5/8". I could have seen 5 1/4 or 5 3/8, but come on!

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01-03-2011 08:06 PM  6 years agoPost 5
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I hate when people try to use bull**** information to prove their point.

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01-04-2011 01:40 PM  6 years agoPost 6
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Send him back with a pair of vernier callipers and the measurement to nearest 1000th of an inch.
Her head will explode.

Better still
Send him back with the measurement in Millimetres.
She might take the hint.

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01-04-2011 02:20 PM  6 years agoPost 7
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sorry, I'd call the teacher out on that one just to make a point.

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01-04-2011 02:56 PM  6 years agoPost 8
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Snopes says "false"
http://www.snopes.com/language/document/1895exam.asp

What is interesting comparing todays system to when I was in school is the lower threshold for excellence. In the 80's, honor roll was given to averages 90 or above, and high honor roll started at 95. In my kids district honor roll is at 85, high at 90, and "with distinction" at 95.


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01-04-2011 03:11 PM  6 years agoPost 9
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because nobody can be made to feel like a loser in today's mamby pamby society. My daughter graduated high school with a 4.4 GPA. My HS class president graduated top of our class with a 3.95 and went on to graduate Anapolis near the top of that class and went on to be a Top Gun instructor. I'll give you one guess which person was the better educated coming out of high school. My daughter is a senior at a good college getting high 3's in her GPA and it amazes me the things she knows nothing about as well as her writing and English skills.
No wonder the rest of the world is kicking the crap out of us....

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01-04-2011 04:00 PM  6 years agoPost 10
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I can understand making kids feel like they have accomplished something, but their heads don't need to be filled with false hope. My daughter is in 8th grade and doesn't understand algebra at all but still somehow has a 93%. She can't do her homework at all and hasn't passed a test yet in that class.

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01-04-2011 04:23 PM  6 years agoPost 11
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exactly my point. I have a friend with 2 teens and neither of them has decent grades, the oldest (a girl) barely makes C's along with an F or two. Yet talking to her, she's convinced she'll be going to UConn because her daddy is an alumn.
The other part of the problem is all of these kids being on ADD or ADHD drugs. Neither of her kids can "function" without them. It's a crutch for the kids pure and simple and an easy out for parents. In all the years I've known her, I've never seen her ask or get on her kids even once about homework. It was the first words out of my mouth when I saw my kids when I got home. Mine were pushed and rewarded monetarily for good grades. Punished for performing poorly. With the quality of education the kids get now, there's really no excuse not to be a straight A student.

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01-04-2011 06:11 PM  6 years agoPost 12
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My daughter has been an A student until this year. I didn't get good grades in school, but it wasn't because I was dumb. I was lazy. I never did homework, but I never failed a test or exam. As my father put it, " I was too smart for my own good". The school I was in up to 8th grade changed the pass/fail point from 70 to 75 the year after I went to a vocational school. If I am correct that same school now has a 65 failing with 66 passing. Its bs, if you want something earn it. I am a cubscout leader and one of my boys refused to join until his parents bought him a new laptop. My dad would thrown all my stuff out if I even thought that. Kids get rewarded for bad behavior way to much now.

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01-04-2011 06:24 PM  6 years agoPost 13
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Has anyone read the footnote at the bottom of the Snopes transcript about the relevance of this test today?To be tested you need to be given the chance to research the given subject.The footnote makes obvious sense.

Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here

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