The Pineapple and the Hare. Standardized NY Public School exam question... *smh*

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  1. CodeXCDM

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    The Pineapple And The Hare: Can You Answer Two Bizarre State Exam Questions? : The Two-Way : NPR

    Here's the story:
    Yea... head scratcher ain't it... it's like a stoner version of the classic tortoise and the hare.

    And the questions:
    Oh... funny part is the author is "confused" by the minor changes... but admittedly the one line they left out is funny:
    But really... WTH kinda narritive and questioning is this for a Standardized Test!?
     
  2. Aernaroth

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    That's some hella subjective questioning.
     
  3. rxlthunder

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    I think I'll stay in New Jersey for a few more generations of the family.
     
  4. TrueNomadSkies

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    So... I take it the Pineapple is Unicron?
     
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    #5. The moose didn't say the Pineapple had a trick up it' s sleve though...
     
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    This is actually a bad interpretation of a deliberately nonsensical story from a Daniel Pinkwater book - Borgel. For those who don't know Daniel Pinkwater, he's a delightful writer of children's books (and some for grownups too) that all contain a great amount of strangeness. I read a bunch of them as a child, and I'm still a fan.

    Why someone decided to use a nonsense story as part of any sort of reading comprehension test is beyond me though. It's not supposed to make any sense in the original book.

    Tim
    "toy geek"
     
  7. MTME

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    that's exactly what I was going to say

    Look I've been a teacher (in CA) for 11 years now and I hate standardized testing, in fact 90% of all teachers do. They don't show what a kid can do, not all kids can take a test well! And yet they hold the money that they give a school viable over whether or not a kid can take a test.
    here's the other shit kicker, special ed kids....they have to take the SAME test.
     
  8. Optimus1138

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    Guess this is what you get when you let the test makers smoke weed while designing the test.

    Question #1 is a downright awful question. There's more or less a 50/50 chance it could be c or d. It's even worse than some of the ambiguous questions I've run into on some of my Chinese tests. The problem with those is that you never know when they want you to use logical deduction and when they don't, but this is even harder to guess.
     
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    as one of the least serious people in my classes... man, that's unbelievably stupid. there's a time for kidding around and there's a time for being serious.
     
  10. TrueNomadSkies

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    Yeah... most of the time stuff like this has more of to do with reading the test itself (aka, how they want you to answer the question), rather than understanding what's written or being asked, and while that's probably a more important skill to learn for real life than the subject matter being asked, much of it gets laid out in an awful way that tells educators next to nothing about how their students are actually progressing. That's actually why I've never been a fan of multiple choice tests in themselves (at least not as an entirety of the exam), but it's infinitely more efficient than anything else (be it falsely), so its kinda hard to argue with it.
     
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    While a is obviously not a choice, b had an equal chance too, making it even harder to answer the question. I mean, were they amused? Maybe. Were they hungry? It's a possibility. Did they want to? Well, of course they did but something like that is complete bull crap.
     
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    Imagine if the people responsible for this test were put in charge of creating the SAT.
     
  13. MTME

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    they actually might be, there aren;t many "testing centers" out there that create this bullshit
     
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    Next time, they should use a G1 example.
     
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    It'd be slightly more logical. Slightly.
     
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    what is this i dont even
     
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    So this is what is happening with the education our future generations are receiving........Idiocracy.....here we come.
     
  18. MTME

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    and what's sad is this isn't teachers that make these tests
    it is mostly government officials who have never even been in a classroom...sad huh
     
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    Seems like it, and it'll be a sad day when my kids (assuming I have any that is) end up learning about talking pineapples instead of Macbeth.


    Mind you, they'll learn all about him & Demona anyway once they watch pirated episodes of Gaygoyles, but still. :lol 
     
  20. The Dark Seeker

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    I find it rather pathetic. Standardization only works when the test subjects are also standard. At least that's my opinion on it. But anyone who has been around long enough know that everyone is different. These tests are just freaking stupid. No wonder I keep hearing about truancies. The schools or whoever deems what kids must "learn" just aren't doing anything to keep kids interested enough to stay.
     

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