Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Helium Balloon

How much do 4 helium balloons cost?
a. 50 cents
b. 5 dollars
c. 50 dollars

Answer C. is not correct, but it is what Bridget answered.

It is these sort of questions that basically make me mad. This question does not involve any learned math skill. It would be a math question if it was presented with a fact like "How much are 4 balloons when each balloon costs $1.25? "

Bridget got this wrong on a real graded quiz because 1) she doesn't know how much a balloon costs as she has never purchased balloons and 2) because she was confused and stuck on wondering what helium is.

Super. I am so excited for the rest of this year.