If I had to retake the Algebra test I needed to pass to achieve my Bachelors degree today, I'd fail big time! With a masters in social work, I wonder when we'll grant as much credence to solving a math problem with being a compassionate soul.
To the many teachers who share their most precious resource - their time (which includes their health, relationships, etc.) to teach students the art of critical, compassionate thinking, I bow in gratitude!
I agree that the "math" question does not make sense--if the story presents it as it appears on the test. One would think that the questions in this test would be carefully vetted for missing units, ambiguity, and other problems. Some wrong here on a basic level....
Ph.D. Mathematician here. That question is ridiculous: "They are 2.0 x 10-4." What units of measure, and in which dimension? It turns out that it doesn't matter, because there are only two numbers in the problem. And it's of the "how many X fit in a Y" variety, so you do 25/(2 x 10^-4) and get 1.25 x 10^5, assuming calculators are allowed. It's still incoherent and confusing, which is typical of the Common Core problems I've seen.
Finishing the 8th grade used to be the educational level indicating basic literacy and readiness to enter the work force. The Amish, and likely others, still see it this way. This article makes it sound as if the education industry is controlling he process and serving it's own purposes....
I'm a former GED teacher (now I teach ESL) and when I saw the new GED test, I took the math portion and couldn't pass it. I gave 10 questions from that math test to 50 college grads and only 4 could pass it. I have a website devoted to getting an alternative GED test in Washington State- The HiSET test. The Pearson GED is aligned to common core. Common core is a scam. (My husband and I are writing a book about it.) We got a resolution passed in the Dem Party in Washington State to get the HiSET and we hope it gets traction in 2015! Thank you for this article!! http://restoregedfairness.org/
I looked at the Common Core material as we started to work toward the GED in my two classes. It seems to be about 30% more difficult and requires more abstract thinking. Practice test scores suggest by far the greatest challenge to my students is math. Most pass the other sections the first time they take them, though not all. Cost in our area is a factor and the waiver is helpful there. Many older students are challenged by the computer format. In reading the article, I agree with most of the information but I find that a large percentage of my students are thinking college, probably 80% (and mostly female). Our students are mostly lower income and can get Pell Grants.
jerry42: Actually, it sounds like Ohio might be looking at other options. according to Cates at OBR.: "Ohio may move to another test, according to Gary Cates, senior vice chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, which administers the test in Ohio, because of the huge drop off in people passing the test this year."
How is it that this article does not talk about the alternative tests that other states have started using? Indiana, West Virginia, New York, Tennessee are just the states nearby that have dropped the GED for alternative test that cost half as less or more. Why is Ohio not looking at these options?
A story about Cleveland doesn't belong in Scene? Um.... "just don't belong" and the errors in Trigger's comment I think pretty accurately indicate the level of comprehension by the posters. As far as the "wordiness" goes, it's pretty obvious one must set up what's to come with some adjectives and background to get the reader in the mindset. Too bad you didn't continue reading. Have fun shopping at Wal-Mart and eating Burger King, local entrepreneurs will do fine without you.
Vince Grzegorek must have gotten a handjob from this broad. Her story just don't belong here.
I went to a new bar in town and asked them for a copy of the menu so I could order lunch and pick it up during the work week. The bartender handed me two copies of their menu, and let me walk out the door. Made me think of this story.
Scene magazine seems to be a publication where the people genuinely enjoy doing what they do. They're not the New York Times, and they don't want to be. That being said, the level of venom from people like "Trigger" always is just sad, and the demands for perfection from people like "fedman" make me chuckle. If you want the biggest, most accurate, perfect stories that rhyme yet also have a crossword puzzle, then what the hell are you doing reading Scene? Oh well. Flame on, friends, flame on.
Actually talking about the article, I enjoyed this piece. It continues the theme of covering things in Cleveland that larger publications wouldn't even think to do a story on, and that's the reason why Scene is worth checking out (no matter what the sentence structure or grammar is).
Hello gentlemen - Nikki is a great writer, and my friend . . and I think the best of us suffer from the occasional grammatical errors - for ex. from fedman: "you're supposed to be professional journalist that know vocabulary". I think you left some letters out. This was a thoughtful piece on the subject matter she chose - if you don't like the subject matter, don't read it and get on with your boring lives. Cheers.
Nikki--you didn't tell us what Cherek and King "poured" (sic) over their paperwork--was it milk, syrup, what?? Oh, did you mean "pore"? Can't Scene afford dictionary? You're supposed to be professional journalist that know vocabulary!
The first three paragraphs are so wordy and jumbled I just quit reading the story. What a fucking waste of a cover piece. Nikki Delamotte ought to take a course in remedial writing for an alt-mag. When is Scene going to deliver better stories than this shitty shit? It's like they're afraid to do real journalism and go after the real bad guys. I'm still shaking my head over the complete piece of crap Sam "The Asshole" Allard wrote about the warring Native American leaders. He should be fired and so should his editor, Vince "The Big Pussy."
Awesome Andrea! !!! Keep doing great your thing girl!!
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Nowadays I really think its unnecessary to steal restaurant menus. You can take a photo with your smartphone that's such high quality you can magnify or check anything you'd like. Back in the day, however, I can see how it was necessary.
Any restaurant that closed because some menus walked away was going to close anyways. You waste more money when a server drops a tray of anything than you do reprinting all menus that have walked away in a year's time.
All this article seems to say is Gilbert is making Cleveland and Detroit better places, but he's sure making a ton of $$ in the process of doing so. People are so desperate for someone to help their cities, that they will aggressively and immediately attack anyone that writes or says anything to the contrary. It's like the one guy who says how well the Browns are playing, and everyone immediately yells at him or hits him to shut him up before he jinxes everything. Gilbert is a very, very smart businessman, and he's not giving away his money and getting zero return. You have to spend money to earn money, and he's making way more money giving away half with his casino and everything else, than he'd be making if he wasn't viewed as the savior of Cleveland and Detroit. Actually, how he's viewed keeps people from asking too many questions and worrying that maybe he's getting a little too much power. At this point though, I'd say we're already in too deep. Might as well get ready to rename the cities Giltroit and Gilveland.
Another disappointing effort by Doug Brown. 95% of this article is aggregated from stories or interviews done about the event. 3% is bullshit filler. 2% is original reporting a senior at Hawken could accomplish. Hard to believe this is the same outfit that several years ago wrote the story that kicked off the effort to free Ricky Jackson from prison. You won't see those kind of quality stories in this rag. It's as bad as Northeast Ohio Media Group. It's time to clean house. Fire Scene's editor and reboot with some top notch writers. This blows!
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