The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Opinion

March 8, 2014

Dumbing down the SATs won’t be the right answer

(Continued)

- — 2014 math question: What is the square root of 4?

• A. 2

• B. A frog

• C. 2,890,456

• D. One of those things.

1965 verbal question: What is the verb in the following sentence: Jack took a walk.

• A. Jack

• B. Walk

• C. A

• D. Took

2014 verbal question: What is the verb in the following sentence: Jack took a walk

• A. Jack

• B. Walk

• C. A

• D. Who cares?

Do the SATs discriminate against minorities and the poor? Yes they do. But that has always been considered by college admissions people.

Still, dumbing down America by weakening the SAT isn’t the way to find out how smart are kids are today. Let’s just teach kids better and allow the more intelligent kids to have a better education than they have been getting.

The Herald’s Lynn Saternow writes this column each Saturday. He can be reached at lsaternow@sharonherald.com

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