The publishing company (unnamed for many reasons) of our brand-spanking new, million dollar (not really) Science 6-8th grade textbook asked the following three questions on the on-line assessment our students have to take in a few weeks. I paraphrase…
1. What is a dike/dyke?
2. What is cleavage?
3. Dalton thought that atoms are most like:
ANSWER: smooth, hard balls.
We all giggle. Can you imagine what the 7th and 8th graders think?
On a more serious level, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Why do 7th and 8th graders need to be assessed on such mundane facts?
Which leads me to the next post…..