Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Questions and Answers

Recently I posted “English Language in Usage Today”
and within it, is a section...'An Eighth Grade Education.'
Perhaps you readers are smarter than me...
but I confess “I'd Never Pass on that Exam!”

Dr. Seuss said, “Sometimes the questions are complicated
 and the answers are simple.”

Oft, when a person reads a question, he fails to answer it; opting to lengthily respond with extraneous material indirectly associated with the question...and then wonder, 'Why the low mark?'
Advice from Rumi: “ Look for the answer inside your question.”

(In response to Dr. Seusse' statement above...
it is not the question that is difficult: it's the ANSWER!)

Teaching Math Over 50 Years
(with thanks to my son for the following data)

In the 1950's: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $50. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price or $80. What is his profit?
In the 1970's: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price of $80. What is his profit?
In the 1980's: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit? Yes or No.
In the 1990's: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. 
 Your assignment: Underline the number 20.
In the 2000's: A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this to make a big profit. What do you think of this way of making a living?
Topic for class participation answering the question:
How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes?”
(There are no wrong answers. Feel free to express your feelings...
e.g. anger, anxiety, inadequacy, helplessness, etc.)
Should you require debriefing at conclusion of exam,
 there are counsellors available to assist you to adjust back into the real world.

Failed Exam ~ Student Who Obtained 0% on an Exam
In which battle did Napoleon die? His last battle.
Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? At the bottom of the page.
River Ravi flows through which state? Liquid.
What is the main reason for divorce? Marriage.
What is the main reason for failure? Exams.
What can you never eat for breakfast? Lunch and dinner.
What looks like half an apple? The other half.
If you throw a red stone into the blue sea, what will it become? Wet.
How can a man go eight days without sleeping? No problem...he sleeps at night.
How can you lift an elephant with one hand? You will never find an elephant with one hand.
If you had 3 apples and 4 oranges in one hand and 4 apples and 3 oranges in the other hand, what would you have? Very large hands.
If it took 8 men 10 hours to build a wall, how long would it take 4 men to build it? No time at all...the wall is already built.
How can u drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? Any way you want...concrete floors are very hard to crack.
(Oh...the ambiguity of questions! One should think before he speaks!)

An Amazing 2-Letter Word!
(from Sherrie, one of my ardent readers)
A reminder that one word in the English language (as part of speech)
that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and preposition.
This 2-letter word in English has more meanings than any other 2-letter word...and that word is UP.
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of a list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
Why do we speak UP...and why are the officers UP for election...and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.

At other times, this little word has special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite and think UP excuses. To be dressed UP is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning, but we close it UP at night. We seem pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 page and can add UP to about 30 definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun come out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, the earth soaks it UP. When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP for time is UP. Oh, one more thing:
What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?
U P! Did that one crack you UP?

Don't screw UP. Send this to everyone you look UP in your address book...or not...
It's UP to you. Now I'll shut UP!

One of the Big Questions in the Climate Change Debate...
Are Humans any smarter than frogs in a pot?
If you put a frog in a pot...and slowly turn up the heat, it won't jump out. 
 Instead, it will enjoy the nice warm bath until it is cooked to death. 
We Humans seem to be doing pretty much the same thing.”(Jeff Goodell)

Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr...June 5, 2017

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