Education fail

No, not the school, me.

My son has lost 4% on a recent maths test because of me.

The question read something like this:

Sam went to a restaurant, he had the choice of two entrees, three main courses and two desserts.  Pate and pumpkin soup for the entrees, steak, chicken and beef for main course and icecream and chocolate cake for the desserts.  What is the probability that Sam would choose soup and chocolate cake?

The correct answer is 1 in 4 but unfortunately my son had no idea what pate was (see image on the right if you are unsure… no, not the bread).

He thought “pate” might be “some kind of random gourmet product you might turn into soup”.

In other words he thought BOTH entrees were soup.


Knew I should have made him eat pate!

This is why feeding expensive, overpriced gourmet foods to your children from an early age is important if you want them to do well at school.

Bless him, he’s asked the teacher to restore his marks on the basis that the question was ambiguous.

Note:  Hugamuga would like to point out that their was no illustrative photograph with the words “Pate de Foie” on the test.

One Reply to “Education fail”

  1. Hahaha… oh I don’t know – statistics is an ambiguous discipline at the best of times. It doesn’t take into account all the factors surrounding the target group at the time. Was he with his mates? Would they bag him to blue blazes for knowing what an entree was? (I’d always thought it was the door you came in through!) And besides – since when did they serve pate OR pumpkin soup at a McDonald’s restaurant??? 😉

    Sheesh… talk about harsh! 🙂

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