The ‘State’ of the State’s Schools


National Public Radio reports: a New York State exam poses questions for students which require said students to analyse behaviour and utilize critical thinking / reasoning.  The concept, itself, seems like a good one – test students’ capacity for common sense.

For what it’s worth, we here at SC feel a child’s capacity for common sense should be instilled by their parents, hardened by their peers, and tested by society.  Common sense is just that – common, and using time and tax-dollars (which were set aside for education in Arts, Sciences, Mathematics, History, etc… the classic scholastic tenets) to this end is ethically unsound.

You can read the article, as available 04/20/2012, here…


Ultimately, we all – as well as the the children of the State of New York – may be dumber for having read that passage.

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