Wednesday, May 20, 2009

So Sad it's Funny

If a student only shows up perhaps 1/3 of the time, and is usually late on those days- and isn't a very good student to start out with- their test results can be "interesting". Observe.

GA Standards 22-25 Test

1.President Roe v. Wade integrated the U.S. military and the federal government.
2. Jimmy Carter was the award-winning first black baseball player to play on one of the previous all-white U.S. professional baseball teams.
3. Gerald Ford was the Supreme Court decision that forced schools to racially integrate.
4. Martin Luther King, Jr wrote “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” & made a speech called “I have a dream".
5. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were attempts to restore freedoms lost by Watergate.
6. The 1966 Cesar Chavez required arresting police officers to read citizens their rights.
7. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
8. Lyndon Johnson was vice president until 1963. His social program was called the Freedom rides(9.). popular support (10.)was established while he was in office.
11. In 1968 politician Bakke decision, a presidential hopeful, as well as civil rights great Robert Kennedy (12.) were assassinated.
13. Some of the tactics of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) included EPA(a), and _________________ (b).
14. The NOW was created to help women achieve equal rights with men.
15. Lack of African Americans for the Vietnam War was the most important reason the U.S. withdrew troops.
16. Bill Clinton led the United Farm Workers’ movement.
17. Marin biologist Rachel Carson’s fight against pesticides helped lead to the creation of the Richard M. Nixon, and the modern environmentalist movement.
18. The rise of the conservative movement can be seen in the presidential candidacy of Harry Truman in 1964 and the election of Brown v. Board of Education (19.) in 1968.
20. President Clinton opened relations with China, but was forced to resign due to the Miranda decision (21.) scandal. He was pardoned by his former vice president, Barry Goldwater(22.).
23. The 1973 Supreme Court decision Jackie Robinson protected a woman’s right to abort.
24. The 1978 Martin Luther King, Jr. protected white applicants for positions from discrimination.
25. President Robert Kennedy faced the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and the Iranian hostage crisis.
26. President presidential election was very influential; during his two terms, he faced the Iran-contra scandal, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
27. President Medicare was impeached but acquitted.
28. The 2000 Ronald Reagan was extremely close, and caused many Americans to reconsider the electoral college.
29. The attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, led to the “war against terrorism”, and the subsequent American interventions in Afghanistan (30.) and Iraq.

Essay (31-33.): write what you consider to be the most important event of the 20th Century (1900s), and why it was so important! (not attempted)

I'm not sure whether to laugh through the tears, or cry through the laughter. One week, and it's bye-bye, Buttress!


Old NFO said...

Oh that is just SO pathetic... sigh... And we wonder why kids have NO knowledge of geography or how to make change.

J.R.Shirley said...

I think his answers to 15 & 16 are my favorites.

Snigglefrits said...

I wondered where the kids I'm now in the midst of came from...

Now I know.

(I'm near 40, back in school at Augusta Tech's Thomson campus and I've been astounded at the sheer ignorance of my "peers".)

Matt G said...

Hey, he got #7 right!

And 29! And 30!

I suspect that just going down the line and throwing out random choices (I take it this was Multiple Choice, or Matching?) would give as high a correct score.

How sad that he wouldn't attempt the essay. Any reasonable attempt with a defense of his reasoning could be worth full credit.

October Revolution, 1917.

World War I (start, finish. Whichever).

World War II.

Creation and use of atomic weapons.

Assasination of J.F.K.

American witdrawal from Viet Nam.

Cultural Revolution in China.


Sept. 11, 2001.

J.R.Shirley said...

I didn't accept 2001, since it didn't happen in the 20th Century. I also did not accept any of the essays offering the Civil War.

I *would* have even accepted their own birth, if they gave me interesting justification.

Tam said...

That someone could be upright and breathing yet so impervious to information as to not absorb even an iota of it accidentally through osmosis...

Assrot said...

I don't know how you managed to stay there as long as you did John. You're a better man than I in that respect.

I'd have told the administration to shove it about 30 days into this kind of job.

Here's hoping you have better opportunities in the future.


P.S. - Just think. When you are my age these idiots will be running the country. Thank God I'll be gone by then.

Jenny said...

oh dear... ugh.
Not too out of line from what I'd expect from some I went to school with though. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on whether it's a "kids these days" or just a "some kids any day" issue.

My vote for the essay is the rise of collectivist/evolutionary* political ideals to the forefront in the early 20th c, particularly as demonstrated in the election of FDR.

The man fundamentally reshaped what America *was*, just prior to it becoming the dominant cultural force on the world stage. The repercussions of that are going to last millennia.

* in the political/philosophical sphere. Ain't got no bones to pick with the biological model.

fast richard said...

That History test makes me feel old. There's only one question that happened before I was born, and most of it, I was old enough to remember as current events. It looks like it was fill-in-the-blank with a list of answers to chose from. Or, was it multiple choice?

J.R.Shirley said...

Fill-in with a word bank.

After grading four sessions, I can unfortunately say several folk chose a lack of African Americans as the reason for the U.S. withdrawal from 'Nam...