Pearson’s Wrong Answer

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October 28, 2014 by JImbo

Think about this.
Math is the least subjective thing to learn in school. It isn’t shades of grey. You can easily prove an answer us right or wrong.
Now think about something with some wiggle room in it. Some room for interpretation.
Like History. Or Ethics. Or Politics (Social Studies) or heck even Geography!
If the test is written by someone of a different opinion than you, those correct answers you give them could be “wrong” according to the test.
For example there is a huge historical debate over the “primary cause of the civil war.”
Slavery? States Rights? Economics?
Depends on who writes the test.
Common Core doesn’t leave room for debate, just tests.
And now even the right answer could be wrong just because they don’t bother to look it up!


Updated(Oct. 10): Pearson responded to this post in the comments section. SeePearson’s Apology.

Last Friday morning, my fourth grader handed me her “Thursday folder” shortly before we needed to head to the bus stop. I was glad to see a perfect spelling test, and a bunch of excellent math assignments and math tests. Time was short, however, so I flipped to the wrong answers. And sprinkled among the math tests, I came across two wrong answers that caused me concern.

The first problem was this:

Now, I looked at this problem before I’d had my morning coffee, and I wasn’t sure at first that I wasn’t just missing something. So I posted this picture to my Facebook feed, and asked my friends to confirm that I wasn’t crazy.

But my daughter was right: if Curtis walked three miles a day for 26 weeks, Curtis did in fact walk…

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