(IJ Review) -- When a mother who works as a literary consultant for urban schools allowed her seventh grade daughter to be a Common Core test case subject, she was unpleasantly surprised by what she discovered.
The mother was so concerned with the reactions from her daughter after she took the test, that she penned a letter to President Obama, outlining her grievances.
According to the letter, these were the feelings that pulsed through her daughter during the test:
“These are such weird questions.”
“This test is crazy.”
“This is a stupid, impossible test.”
The mother wondered if her daughter was just being melodramatic, so she decided to try to answer a few of the Common Core tests for herself.
Here was her reaction:
“I have a Ph.D. in English, I’ve been in college and high school classrooms for over 20 years, and for much of that time I’ve trained and coached high school English teachers. I was shocked that the ninth grade test included an excerpt from Bleak House, a Dickens novel that is usually taught in college. I got seven out of 36 multiple choice questions wrong on the eleventh grade test. And I had no idea what to do with this essay prompt on the third grade test.”