If it ain’t on the test, it ain’t learnable

Today appears to be my day to complain about the Learning Network blog at the New York Times, and about the attitudes it represents. In addition to the Student Opinion feature I wrote about earlier, they also run a daily News Quiz feature. Apparently, if you’re not going to ask multiple choice questions about it, you can’t expect young people to learn it.

I can’t bring myself to read enough of the questions to really comment on the quality or difficulty level, but they appear to basically involve going back to the front page of the paper to find the name of a country or person or other random detail. This is really what learning means? Really? Really?!

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