England’s science exam for 14-year-olds requires little science knowledge, complains the Royal Society of Chemistry. Instead of chemistry, biology, physics or geology, the test requires students to “read English, compare graphs and do simple tasks,” critics complain.
Where does the energy come from for a solar-powered mole-scarer?
Sharon, pictured on the left, is riding her horse. She is wearing a riding hat. Give the name of one organ the riding hat protects.
Students were asked why electric wires are made from copper. The four possible answers were that copper was brown, was not magnetic, conducted electricity, or that it conducted heat.
What animal might have produced a star-shaped fossil? Choices are: a snail, a starfish, a ladybird or a slug.
Last year, students needed only 57 percent correct to pass. Twenty-seven percent failed. Presumably they lack reading skills.
Since 2000, England has dropped from fourth to 14th place in international science tests given to 15-year-olds.
Via Critical Mass.