12 October 2006

The pedagogical is political


Sample questions on the CBEST Practice Test, which would-be teachers must pass in California, set a low bar:

Which of the following is the most appropriate unit for expressing the weight of a pencil?
  • pounds
  • ounces
  • quarts
  • pints
  • tons

A Bay Area mother gave the math test to her son, who just started fourth grade. He completed the first half in 45 minutes; prospective teachers have up to two hours. Although he didn’t prepare and hasn’t studied percentages yet, he did well enough to pass.

Do college graduates fail CBEST? Yes indeed.

Because they don’t waste their time on useless subject based material. Instead they master the correct politics from which the correct answer (or non-answer) can be generated.

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