'Talking pineapple' questions confuse kids, teachers, world4/20/2012
Two bizarre questions on a standardized state test recently left students and administrators scrunching their eyebrows and shaking their heads. The puzzler on New York's 8th grade reading exam involved an Aesop's fable knockoff about a talking pineapple that challenged a hare to a race. The rabbit won, and several animals banded together and ate the pineapple. Test-takers were asked, 'Why did the animals eat the pineapple?' and 'Who was the wisest?'
The New York Daily News pitched the queries to "Jeopardy!" supergenius Ken Jennings, and even he couldn't figure it out. "Is this a joke?" he wrote in an opinion piece. "The story seems to have been written during a peyote trip."
Do these questions test kids' creative cognitive skills or are they just dumb?