I find this funny because, well, she's only five years old. Don't get me wrong, she's extremely bright, hardworking and capable. But, estimation at this age is just a fancy word for "guessing," data collection means "asking your buddies their favorite color," and creating graphs means "coloring some boxes in a rectangle" (within the lines if at all possible).
It's not surprising that the opinion piece in the New York Times entitled, So Is That Like an A?, really tickled my funny bone.
"If I got a report card that told me my 10-year-old “uses numeracy and literacy skills to describe, analyze and present scientific content, data and ideas,” I would have reached for a dictionary and an aspirin. It is enough to make me think longingly of the days of happy face stickers and gold stars."
Boy, I sure miss the days of happy face stickers and gold stars. I think my kindergartener does too.
The New York Times
So Is That Like an A?
By MAURA J. CASEY
Published: February 14, 2008