Lots of Stupid in One Place


We get these stories every few years:

Students in JoAnne Bolser’s middle school class were, at first, surprised when she gave them a math quiz that used pimps, gang members, and cocaine as test questions. Their surprise turned to shock when she told them the test wasn’t a joke.

The principal at Cranford Burns Middle School in Mobile, Alabama promptly placed the longtime educator on administrative leave after angry parents complained, NBC News reports.

Here are a few of the questions Bolser gave her eighth-grade class, via NBC:

“Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in the gang. There are 20 girls in his gang. What is the exact percentage of girls Tyrone knocked up?”

“Pedro got 6 years for murder. He also got $10,000 for the hit. If his common-law wife spends $100 of his hit money per month, how much money will be left when he gets out?”



The test has been floating around for years.  White lady teacher, about to retire. School year is almost done…  No biggie.  Then I saw this in the article:

Parent Erica Hall told NBC affiliate WPMI-TV that her son snapped a picture of the quiz and sent it to her. She and her husband, both outraged, visited the principal.

According to NBC, school communications director Rena Philips said Hall and her husband were the only parents to complain, even though a lot of anger was expressed on social media. She said school officials quickly addressed the issue:

“The principal looked into it and then our school resource officer investigated it and then we immediately put the teacher on administrative leave.”

The school resource officer is not generally an educator in charge of resources.

That’s what they call the in-house police officer.  The principal called in NOT the head of the department, NOT the Human Resources rep for the school and NOT anybody in educational administration.  The second step was to call in the on-campus police.

When the SRO slammed that high school girl to the floor in South Carolina, I questioned the use of the police in enforcing school rules.  There are police, and there are school employees.  Police should not be enforcing a “no phones” policy, and they sure have no reason to investigate a test passed out by a teacher.

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5 thoughts on “Lots of Stupid in One Place

  1. Gus Bailey

    What frustrates me is the kids were probably most irritated that these were “word” problems. Do you know how much students HATE “word” problems? They’d rather scrape gum off of the bottom of desks.

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  2. Gus Bailey

    Oh and the answers are 20% and $2,800. Pedro’s ole lady better be waiting for him when he gets out; she’d better not get no wanderin’ eye. Then again, six years of networking can do a lot for a career.

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  3. onwyrdsdream

    20% outrage because of the subject matter, 80% anger because parents saw word problems and the viseral hate for the type of questions no one would ever ask.

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