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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Must be that Fuzzy Math.

Pittsburgh Schools declare all assignments half done. Is that optimism? Or delusion?

You know, I don't think this is going to help their math scores.

I don't think they'd accept this from homeschoolers.

Come on, I know you have some quips ready on this. The snark just writes itself.

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At 7:52 PM, Blogger Kasia said...

If the kids are flunking math, do they really think they'll appreciate the nuances of how much it'll take them to catch up? I mean, Johnny doesn't know what 8x7 is, but he's going to understand averages?!

This may be hardhearted of me, but I'm more inclined to the approach of an engineering prof that a friend of mine had: no partial credit. His point was that if your bridge collapsed, if your motherboard shorted and caused a fire, or whatever other engineering disaster might occur, there was no partial credit. People weren't less dead, and your engineering wasn't less incompetent.

Maybe that's a little harsh for K-12, but frankly, I'd like to see some data on how Pittsburgh students do academically, both in K-12 and college (and how many of them go to college, for that matter), compared to similar cities (NOT Detroit - we're a train wreck). I have trouble believing that they would stack up favorably to students from a district with a less lenient policy.


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