Here’s a story problem photocopied out of a children’s math workbook. In case you can’t read it, it says, “Make pictures of: a cow, a lion, a goat, an owl.”
Below these instructions, the problem asks, “Which one doesn’t belong? Why?”
I’ve unscientifically surveyed at least 20 adults, teachers and non-teachers, and every single person has answered the same way.
What would you answer?
Because an owl is a bird and can fly?
Well, then you’d be correct. At least, according to the workbook’s answer key.
But check out this response:
And this is my illustrated example of why standardized testing doesn’t work.