It’s no surprise that our children’s education is becoming more and more advanced by the minute. Between challenging assignments and projects and the massive amount of homework assigned to even children at the elementary level, students are under a lot of pressure. It used to be fairly easy for parents to assist with their children’s math homework, when the child was struggling, but with the progressive world of education, those once easy multiplication problems have turned into mind boggling equations.
When U.K. mom, Louise Bloxham, posted her second graders math problem on social media, the equation went viral and has parents arguing over the correct answer. The problem was taken from a required standard assessment test that her seven-year old child had been assigned.
Several different answers were debated amongst parents after it was posted on the Parents Against Primary Testing Facebook page.
Several answers were suggested including: two, 46 and zero. Some fought over whether there were people on the train to begin with and if the conductor should be counted as one of the riders. Parents debated over whether the children in second grade should be required to know such detailed questions that could result in a variety of outcomes.
The final comment on the page was: “The published answer for this is 65, so continue debating whether this is too hard.”
The Parents Against Primary Testing group is a place for parents to express their concerns and share advice regarding the effect that Primary Testing is having on their children and their education. Several parents believe that the testing isn’t for every child and it doesn’t offer any proof of their intelligence level. Several students freeze up when they are under the pressure of completing a standardized test, especially those that are timed.
The result of a poor test score follows them through the school life and could impact their futures, yet it doesn’t necessarily prove knowledge and intelligence.