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Why I Despair So About The Schools Around Here.

by Anura Guruge

This was an actual sheet from Grade 5 ‘Science’ that
Teischan (10) brought home from Alton Central School (ACS),
Alton, New Hampshire this week.

I normally don’t say anything about ‘slip-ups’ other than maybe draw
Teischan’s attention to it … and say “this is not exactly right”.

But, this was BEYOND the pale.


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There are so many things wrong with this at SO many levels.

First and foremost, EVERY SINGLE answer written down by my Teischan is wrong!

Yes, every SINGLE answer is WRONG.

And she gets a “SMILEY” face?

I wanted to cry.

No comments? No corrections?

That is what got my goat. EVERY SINGLE answer is wrong!

No it is NOT her multiplication.

She only got ONE of those wrong and it is so blatant that a semi-proficient 4th grader would see it.

So now we have ALL the ANSWERS are wrong PLUS one multiplication is wrong.

There is an asterisk (*) next to ‘Pluto‘. Can you see that?

What does that asterisk (*) pertain to?

The title says “What is your weight on each planet?

Well, ‘Pluto’ is NOT a planet though ACS has historically had issues coming to terms with that. See this … IF you are interest. But, I am willing to concede that that is probably what the asterisk (*) was meant to be.

But the second line says “Outer Space”. “Outer Space” is NOT a planet! There is NO asterisk (*) against it.

Yes, one of my many faults is that I am a terrible pedant. I put a lot of stock in accuracy.

I am sure that I have read that you should never give kids printed statements that are factually incorrect …

But that is minor in the scheme of this.

Yes, this upset me.

Yes, of course, I am fully aware that to err is human and erring is something that I do daily. But, I expect a little diligence from my teachers.

NO, I rarely criticize teachers. This is probably the first time in 5 years! Yes, I cut school administrators no slack, BUT I try not to criticize teachers.

But, this incident aggrieves me on another front. This science teacher is one of a triumvirate that unilaterally decided that ACS Grade 5 should not have ANY math or science homework. Just 4 days ago, I told them, to their face, that MAYBE they decided on that because that meant less things for them to MARK.

Well, I guess ‘MARKING’ is not their strong suit. I guess I should just SMILE. Draw a BIG SMILEY face.

And for the record. I teach. I have taught. My mother was a teacher. My father was a teacher. Two of my aunties were teachers. Our name, ‘Guruge’, literally means: ‘from the house of the teacher’. So I kind of know a little about this and definitely have skin in the game.

Let me again STRESS.

I would NOT have said ANYTHING about this sheet if there were ONLY three or four things wrong on it.

But when there are fourteen (14) mistakes on it I feel the need to vent.

P.S., Teischan has NO IDEA what ‘lb’ stands for!

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by Anura Guruge

Laconia, N.H., Pumpkin Festival, 2015 — Answers To Questions With Less Than A Month To Go.

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by Anura Guruge

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Related posts:
Laconia 2015: Map, schedule etc.
>> Laconia 2015!
>> Laconia — 
Déjà vu?

Keene 2014: the riots!
>> Keene 2014 schedule.
>> Keene 2014 preview.
>> Keene Pumpkin Festival 2013.

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‘Common Core’ 7th Grade Math Book Being Used By Alton Central (ACS) Has A Fundamental Flaw!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
Alton Central (ACS) might not have 100% Board backing for
>> ‘Common Core’
 June 11, 2013.

NHPR on ‘Common Core’ — June 9, 2013.
I request School Board do joint Common Core presentation
>>May 14, 2013.

Facts about the biometric bracelet — May 12, 2013.
May 11, ‘Common Core Curriculum’ meeting in Alton — May 11, 2013.
>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.


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Yesterday for the first time I got to see the ‘new’ “Common Core“, “Singapore Math” books (yes, there are two of them, “A” & “B”) that Alton Central (ACS) is using for 7th Grade Math.

Very nice books, and I wish I had books like this growing up — though I am still confounded as to why there is a crab on the cover.

These books have now been used for a year at ACS and you can see that from the 2nd picture above. I can even tell you the name of the kid who used the book.

Well we plan to use these books for Homeschooling Devanee — hence my particular interest in them. Since I know Devanee very well and given that we have been doing this for awhile now, the first thing I did was to check if the book had ANSWERS at the back. I am quite partial to having answers in the back of Math books because it eliminates the need for me to create an Excel spreadsheet to check Devanee’s answers.

Sure enough the book had ‘Selected Answers’.

But herein lies my problem and puzzlement.

The answers are in tightly bound pages of the book.

OK. This book was used by a student in 2012 and there was even pages of math homework by this kid inside the book.

So, what is the deal here? Is having ready access to the answers a part of the ‘Common Core’ agenda?

Multiple things bother me:

1/ This is an ‘expensive’ textbook meant to be reused. So, how come they did NOT handle the ‘selected answers’ in a BETTER manner, e.g., a supplemental booklet? [These books are supposed to be created by the crème de la crème of International educators, all of them with at least a “Master’s”. They didn’t see this problem? Maybe they should have hired a consultant.]

2/ How come the answers are still in this book if it was used by a student throughout 2012 – 2013? Did they copy (at further costs) all the test pages?

3/ Though I (as somebody with 35 years experience with book publishers) know the ‘pressures’ involved for those that recommend and purchase these textbooks, how come nobody noticed this flaw in these books?

I am not impressed. I am not happy.

I have already worked out a way to prevent Devanee gaining ready access to the answers WITHOUT in anyway putting even a scratch on the book. I might patent my invention for use with ‘Common Core’ books. Yes, I am going to forward this to the Principal at ACS and get some answers — the main one being HOW did they stop kids from looking at the answers when they were doing homework (or didn’t they do homework using this $39.99 (retail) book.

Click to access the 'Marshall  Cavendish' catalogue that lists this book.

Click to access the ‘Marshall Cavendish’ catalogue that lists this book.

Post Your Questions About Buddhism (or Popes) Here. I Will Answer Them Or Get Them Answered.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

  by Anura Guruge

I saw that somebody was querying as to WHERE they could post there questions about Buddhism.

You can post them right here.

Do it as a Comment or e-mail me. [Contact info. is on the sidebar –>>>]

I can answer, with conviction, most questions about Buddhism or at least point you in the right direction. I also have some contacts who could help. IF really pressed I will ask my 83-year old father, the doyen on the subject.
[I just posted a similar offer on his blog, which I maintain. They will BOTH come to me.]

I also know a fair amount about popes and the papacy. So you can also post any questions you have about popes. I can answer those with panache.

Actually, while I am at it, you can ask me about most anything you like. The chances are that I will have some type of answer.

So … fire away.