Originally Posted by HighlandsGal
Okay, not totally on topic but I just had to share. My "kids" took their state standardized tests this week. And one of the 7th grade writing topics was to write about the most unusual food he/she has ever ate. They were to write a paragraph describing the experience, and spelling COUNTED. I had students writing about escargot, mussels, venison, tofu, etc. The problem is....spelling counted and no dictionaries could be used! Tell me an 11 or 12 year old that can correctly spell escargot???? And now they will be penalized for writing about their experience with a spelling error. Whomever thinks up these questions is not too bright.
ex. spelling : s-cargo (makes sense to a 12 year old)
The overzealous adoption of the constructivist 'inventive spelling' fad comes back to bite schools in the butt. Gotta love it!
Revolution in the Classroom — It's Time! - Dr. John A. Sparks - MensNewsDaily.com™
(http://mensnewsdaily.com/archive/s/sparks/2004/sparks071004.htm - broken link)