APRIL 27--Meet Elizabeth Lyvers and John Robert Gray. The dimwitted Kentucky couple was arrested Sunday for felony child abuse after taking pictures of Lyvers's two-year-old son smoking pot. The pair was nabbed when an employee at the convenience store where Lyvers, 24, and Gray, 20, dropped off their film called cops after seeing the offending images. According to Bardstown police, one photo shows Gray holding a pipe to the child's mouth while an unidentified man--who is being sought--lights the pipe (after his arrest, Gray acknowledged that the device contained marijuana). Lyvers's son--and a one-year-old fathered by Gray--were removed from the couple's home by state child welfare officials.
In case you don't get to the photos, these criminally insane idiots are white.
That's right, it's a debate about furries and otherkin, and it goes on and on and on, with trolls putting out the flamebait and LiveJournalers "rising" to the challenge with less debating skill than the omelette I had for breakfast.
I've had almost 900 hits today, lots looking for Nicole Townes. I wrote a digest of the story on March 11. In that story, I pinned the blame squarely on the adults, especially Monique Baldwin, who kept egging on the thugettes as they beat Nicole Townes.
Evidently AP put out a story about rising violence between girls, using Nicole as the lead-off. It is somewhat misleading, as this really was adult-inspired violence. It starts like this:
Kimberly over at Number Two Pencil has a really good discussion of the subtleties of building a good test, responding to news reports from Oregon, where 10th graders are failing a math test in massive numbers (unlike last year). Go read the whole thing.
I don't know if I'd call problem-solving tests in math "faddish," and such items are not automatically unsuitable for high-stakes testing. When the state's employers claim they need more citizens with solid problem-solving skills, they're right, and one way to test those skills is with this type of item.
But such items are more difficult to develop properly, and they may very well test a narrow area of the domain, making it hard to generalize the results to the overall math construct. What's more, that one item counts the same as the multiple-choice exam, so if none of the three options are appealing, an examinee is at a real disadvantage. There's research to suggest that examinees, when given a choice of topics, don't always do a good job of knowing what they're good at.