Skewing the Curve

Me First brought home his standardized test results yesterday. Whether or not first graders should be spending two hours for two days doing these kind of things is a subject I won’t venture to broach here. Nah, I’ll get around to that later.

Let’s just get straight to the funny stuff.

As part of the standardized test, they had the children fill out a questionnaire about their lifestyles and study habits.

Hmmm. Now let me see….no…no….definitely not a very good idea. But a terrific way to waste money.

I did get a good laugh out of this, anyway. It was interesting to see how Me First views his life. Some parts were answered truthfully enough: he does eat breakfast every day, he isn’t always careful with his homework. Some parts I guess make sense only if you look at it from a child’s point of view: he certainly doesn’t go to bed before seven. I wish! But to him it probably feels like he’s going to bed too early when he really just wants to stay up and reek havoc on all creation.

In contrast to what he told the Yokohama Board of Education, he does not attend cram school or have a personal tutor. He also does not spend two hours a day studying. (That would be just about impossible considering he’s going to bed before dark, right?) Nor does he hate music or arts and crafts. I can only imagine he would say that because he had a bad class that day or something.

So, that’s our family. We’re the ones lying to the authorities and skewing the curve.

Next time you see something on the news referencing these kinds of statistics, just remember the source. Now please excuse me while I go ask The Source to stop picking his nose.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kym (@kymmytha)
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 15:07:07

    A Board of Education, expecting 6 year olds to answer those questions accurately?! Wow. Eeeeeediots.


    • hamakkomommy
      Mar 22, 2012 @ 21:54:39


      Reminds me of a story a teacher friend told me. A boy walked up to her on the playground and said, “Johnny called me a bad word.”

      “What did he call you?”

      “The E- word.”

      Friend was at a loss as to what he meant, so she asked him to whisper the e-word in her ear.

      His response?



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