Once again, it takes a question that confuses my 5th grader in her homework to provoke me in to a rage about Common Core. Something seriously needs to be done about this completely inadequate system of learning materials from Pearson Education. Each year it seems to be a different subject whose curriculum is laid out in an incredibly shoddy manner. In 1st and 2nd grade it was math, 3rd grade it was science, 4th grade I didn’t see anything glaringly wrong and this year it is Language Arts. The question my daughter was confused by was multiple choice under the heading of “word associations”:
-Which is easiest to navigate?
b) a hot air balloon
c) a bucking bronco
d) a sailboat
I am assuming that the answer would be a bicycle. The wording is awful for this question. If they want to use the word navigate, they need to add more words to this sentence. They should reword the sentence:
Which is easiest to navigate with?
Which is easiest to control? (Although they wanted to use the word navigate).
But the sentence does not make sense the way they word it. One cannot navigate those objects, one can navigate WITH those objects….the editing is awful in these books. They also, all too often, have two answers that can be correct, but only one that is technically correct. But it can be a subjective answer depending upon the logic of the person answering, and that should not be left up to chance. There should be one definitive answer only. Especially in elementary school.
I sincerely hope I see the end of Common Core within my lifetime. It is one of the biggest downfalls of the modern educational system.