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Three cheers for MoE for this googly

In Financial competency on 08/10/2015 at 3:28 am

Googly, for the uninitiated is a really wicked, evil  bowling movement where a cricket ball bowled as if to go  one way that actually breaks in the opposite way. It’s even more wicked, evil than the curveball in baseball or softball.

Below is the kind of question that should be included (and was) in a nation where tuition for one’s kids accepted fact of life as a means of keeping themahead of the rabble: the problem is that almost every kid tutored.

“Thinking cannot be taught” is a comment on this.

And it’s so hilarious that someone grumbled that the coins could be of different weights. Or that it’s an IQ question, not a maths question. “They can’t handle the possibility that their children are not smart enough, even though they themselves only have half the intellect.”

FYI, MOE justifies it by saying pupils are taught to estimate as part of their primary school education.

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  1. Of course parents angry lah. Nowadays primary school kids go cashless, carry credit cards, EZ link cards, pay-wave phones and other near contact payment cards. They never carry S$1 coins. Like that how to estimate?!? hahaha…

  2. BTW the question should be 6 S$1 coins, not 8.

  3. The anger is totally ridiculous. An estimation qn worth 1 or 2 marks at best. Be glad they didnt set some other tough qns in the problem sums worth 5 marks. (I’m assuming they didnt, if not the complaints will not be about this estimation qn.)

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