North Carolina football fans objected to a math question that asked seventh graders to calculate the average gain for a team on the game’s first six plays.
The team opened with a 6-yard loss, a 3-yard gain and a 2-yard loss, which would have made it fourth down with 15 yards to go for a first down. The team’s fourth play was just a 7-yard gain, yet it maintained possession for a 12-yard gain and a 4-yard gain on two additional plays.
. . . Mildred Bazemore, chief of the state Department of Public Instruction’s test development section, said the question makes sense mathematically and was reviewed thoroughly.
“It has nothing to do with football,” Bazemore said. “It has to do with the mathematical concepts that you’re studying.”
Just throw in a 15-yard penalty for stupidity and it all works out.
Via Best of the Web.