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.
Click to ENLARGE and hopefully stare at in HORROR.
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