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Rancho Cotate students cry foul over unflattering final exam question
Press Democrat ^ | May 30, 2014 | PAUL PAYNE

Posted on 05/30/2014 4:11:14 PM PDT by rey

An attempt at humor by a math teacher at Sonoma County's academically elite Technology High School backfired Friday when students at a nearby campus found they were the subject of an unflattering final exam question.

Teacher Ken Torres suggested in a hypothetical question to his Algebra I class that students at the larger Rancho Cotate High are involved in crime, sport tattoos, possess weapons and are slackers when it comes to homework.

Rancho Cotate students bristled at the negative characterization and said it is evidence of a superior attitude at Technology High. Some said the teacher should face discipline.

“I'm quite offended by this,” Rancho senior Nayeli Ruiz said after reading the multiple-choice question. “It's ridiculous that a teacher who is supposed to be a role model would put other people down.”

School board member Leff Brown agreed, calling it “totally inappropriate.” Brown said he would leave it to school administrators to decide what to do to Torres, a former Rancho teacher.

“It's unacceptable,” Brown said. “I have three sons who graduated from The Ranch. They are all doing well.”

Torres didn't return a phone call seeking comment Friday. In an email response, he said the question was an attempt to “lighten the mood of the all-important final exam.” He called it “light-hearted humor.”

But he conceded the question was a poor choice and promised to remove it from other tests.

“Perhaps in retrospect, it wasn't the best decision, and I will refrain from any inappropriate questioning, particularly inter-school ribbing, in the future,” Torres said. “That question has been removed from the exam draft, so it won't inadvertently appear again in the future.”

On the test, students were given the following question:

“Suppose we collect data on 50 Rancho students. Which of the following variables is categorical?

a) years in Juvenile Hall

b) circumference of largest tattoo

c) hours of homework completed last week (really?)

d) weapon choice

e) number of stolen computers at home”

Rancho junior Chaz Highfill said he felt slighted by the question.

“It's driven by ignorance,” Highfill said. “My dad has a bunch of tattoos and he's the smartest person I know.”

Another Rancho junior, Tamara Fahel, said Torres should get in trouble.

“He's basically talking crap about our school and students,” she said. “He doesn't even know who we are.”

But others said it didn't offend them at all. Sophomore Liam Reynolds said he appreciated the sense of humor.

“I like that teacher,” Reynolds said. “That's funny.”

Superintendent Robert Haley did not immediately return a call Friday.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: education; racism; theeasilyoffended

1 posted on 05/30/2014 4:11:14 PM PDT by rey
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To: rey

The Church of the Perpetually Offended has some new members...


2 posted on 05/30/2014 4:12:45 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: rey
Hilarious.

I think the teacher should be given an award.

3 posted on 05/30/2014 4:13:19 PM PDT by skeeter
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4 posted on 05/30/2014 4:13:51 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: rey

Sounds like the teacher hit the nail on the head.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 4:14:46 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
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To: rey

Awesome test question!

It was a friggin’ joke to break on a rival. Whatever.

pffffttt


6 posted on 05/30/2014 4:16:00 PM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: rey

Flak is thickest when you are over the target!


7 posted on 05/30/2014 4:22:09 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: rey

That actually sounds funny and besides, we made fun of other schools when I was growing up.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 4:24:58 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: rey

Time to sharpen the switchblades!


9 posted on 05/30/2014 4:25:20 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: rey

He threw one rock and a whole bunch of dogs yelped! lol


10 posted on 05/30/2014 4:30:09 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: rey

The new attitude: Being Offended

The mindset: Pessimism (drowning polar bears, boiling fish)

This is very new and weird and will sell Rush Limbaugh books and happy, uplifting religious movies.

I see huge, huge upsides to this —WE WILL WIN.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 4:33:36 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: rey

Sounds more like a statistics question than an Algebra I question. Anyone got the answer? I think it is D Weapon Choice but I could be wrong... it’s been a while.


12 posted on 05/30/2014 4:33:38 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: Principled

This was an algebra test question? Algebra sure has changed.


13 posted on 05/30/2014 4:34:14 PM PDT by satan (The tree of liberty is dying in the drought.)
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To: Vendome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7sLDziV2hs


14 posted on 05/30/2014 4:37:06 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: monkeyshine

I was wondering the same thing. Jeez - what a geek I am!


15 posted on 05/30/2014 4:41:35 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: rey
"...students at the larger Rancho Cotate High are involved in crime, sport tattoos, possess weapons and are slackers when it comes to homework."

How many of those claims are true?

16 posted on 05/30/2014 4:42:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: rey

That is actually pretty funny


17 posted on 05/30/2014 4:43:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: rey

Methinks they doth protest too much.


18 posted on 05/30/2014 4:43:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rey
“It's driven by ignorance,” Highfill said. “My dad has a bunch of tattoos and he's the smartest person I know.”

Well, I think I see the problem.

19 posted on 05/30/2014 4:45:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rey

If Jenny got knocked up by Ray in May and took 3 months off to give birth then got knocked up by Tommy in March taking another 3 months off, How many months of school did Jenny miss before getting knocked up by Randy?


20 posted on 05/30/2014 4:46:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: rey

Why do Rancho Cotate High School students hang their diplomas on their rear view mirrors?

To be able to used the disabled parking spaces.


21 posted on 05/30/2014 4:47:58 PM PDT by CFIIIMEIATP737
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To: rey
“He's basically talking crap about our school and students,” she said. “He doesn't even know who we are.”

Torres used to teach at "The Ranch," so he probably has a very good idea who you are.

22 posted on 05/30/2014 4:53:05 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: rey
“It's unacceptable,” Brown said. “I have three sons who graduated from The Ranch. They are all doing well.”

I still believe that if statements are true, it is a legal, ethical and moral defense against any hissy fit by the shoes-that-fit... crowd.

The new normal : "doing well" = "never been caught, arrested and charged."

Are all liberals, gays, public employees and Union members lacking the humor gene?

23 posted on 05/30/2014 4:55:09 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: rey

I am mathematically... troubled.


24 posted on 05/30/2014 4:56:07 PM PDT by Zuse (I am disrupted! I am offended! I am insulted! I am outraged!)
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To: 21twelve

LOL, you’re not alone. Too many people live too much for this world. Why be offended when you can be smart instead?


25 posted on 05/30/2014 4:56:20 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: dfwgator
Well, I think I see the problem.

LOL!
You set the bar low enough...

26 posted on 05/30/2014 5:25:57 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: TigersEye

That’s what I was thinking.

That, and that these students have absolutely no sense of humor — poor things!


27 posted on 05/30/2014 5:55:39 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: rey

“It’s driven by ignorance,” Highfill said. “My dad has a bunch of tattoos and he’s the smartest person I know.”

I wonder if knows the definition of relative.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 6:44:44 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: rey

asd


29 posted on 05/30/2014 6:58:17 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: rey

“Superior attitude” You bet. If you were to hire from either of these schools and based it solely on academic performance, there is no doubt whom you would hire.

Odd that no one may realilze that they are better than someone else. This equality thing is ridiculous. Rancho has a better football team, but that is because tech doesn’t have a team. A football team will get you nothing. A degree from a prep school like technical will take you far.


30 posted on 05/30/2014 7:10:22 PM PDT by rey
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To: dfwgator

Imagine if the time and money spent on the numerous tattoos were spent on the child?

My girlfriend’s son in law says private school is too expensive his kid goes to a school where the literacy rate is 57% and the math competency is 45%). He has a custom high ride 4wd pick up, big screen tv, all the games, 2 custom harleys, diving gear, etc. None of that stuff is “too expensive.” I asked him how much ignorance costs.


31 posted on 05/30/2014 7:15:10 PM PDT by rey
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To: cripplecreek

Hector knocked up six girls in his gang. There are 27 girls in the gang. What percentage of the girls in the gang has Hector knocked up?


32 posted on 05/30/2014 7:21:10 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: satan
This was an algebra test question?

It was a question about details important in data analysis. Quantitative vs categorical... different methods required for analyses on each type of variable so kids have to know the difference. "Algebra" now includes some algebra, some data analysis, and some geometry. Go figure. But this is part of the data analysis piece.

33 posted on 05/31/2014 6:31:31 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: CFIIIMEIATP737

Does this mean I can’t tell anymore jokes about the University of Iowa’s cheerleaders?


34 posted on 05/31/2014 7:00:51 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: rey
“It's driven by ignorance,” Highfill said. “My dad has a bunch of tattoos and he's the smartest person I know.”

Enlarge your social circle, Chaz.

35 posted on 05/31/2014 7:05:19 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: rey
involved in crime, sport tattoos, possess weapons and are slackers when it comes to homework.

Anti-American bastard!

They have a Constitutional Right to possess weapons.

36 posted on 05/31/2014 7:06:30 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: cripplecreek

Now that’s funny!!.....if it wasn’t so close to the truth. lol


37 posted on 05/31/2014 9:15:19 AM PDT by sheana
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