Saturday, April 16, 2011

Inside Four Walls: Texas not part of America?

Yesterday in one of my math classes a student asked why we can't use a calculator on the standards test. Here is the conversation that took place;
Me: I don't know, it's just the way they want it. 
Student: that sucks 
Me: yeah, but did you know in Texas they are allowed to use a calculator on the entire test. 
Student: what? how come? 
Me: Beats me, just the way they do it there. 
Student: so they get to use it on the CSTs? 
Me: well it's not called the CSTs there because you know that means CALIFORNIA Standards Test. They call theirs the TAKS, which is probably like Texas Assessment... 
Student: So wait, Texas isn't part of America?(laughter from the entire class) 
Me: ummmm no it still is.
Good times, not a bad way to end the week right?

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