Caldwell teacher suspended over "Chit...

Caldwell teacher suspended over "Chitling Test"

There are 11 comments on the WSFA-TV Montgomery story from May 2, 2014, titled Caldwell teacher suspended over "Chitling Test". In it, WSFA-TV Montgomery reports that:

A teacher who brought a controversial test to his Advanced Placement Psychology class at a Caldwell County High School has been suspended without pay for three days.

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Spotted Girl

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#1 May 2, 2014
I think this is blown just a tad out or proportion. When parents complain, maybe it is time some of these school boards and faculty say, "Grow up!" But I agree the test was not in the best taste nor the best judgement was used:

http://www.wilderdom.com/personality/intellig...

I cannot even pass that test.
Clueless

Melrose Park, IL

#2 May 2, 2014
Spotted Girl wrote:
I think this is blown just a tad out or proportion. When parents complain, maybe it is time some of these school boards and faculty say, "Grow up!" But I agree the test was not in the best taste nor the best judgement was used:
http://www.wilderdom.com/personality/intellig...
I cannot even pass that test.
Serves her right. Racism toward blacks will no longer be tolerated.

Since: Apr 09

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#3 May 2, 2014
This teacher is a Psychology teacher so she was not randomly giving the test to any kids to be racist.

It's officially called the Dove Counterbalance Test and was designed by Black sociologist Adrian Dove, in 1971.

It is based on Black American specific history and knowledge. The test requires knowledge on the familiarity of Black American community life in the 1950s and 1960s.

His point was to reveal the weaknesses of cultural bias that lurk in so many IQ tests.

Spotted Girl

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#4 May 2, 2014
Hera wrote:
This teacher is a Psychology teacher so she was not randomly giving the test to any kids to be racist.
It's officially called the Dove Counterbalance Test and was designed by Black sociologist Adrian Dove, in 1971.
It is based on Black American specific history and knowledge. The test requires knowledge on the familiarity of Black American community life in the 1950s and 1960s.
His point was to reveal the weaknesses of cultural bias that lurk in so many IQ tests.
The point was made. I would have failed it. I had to look up the terminology. Like a "short dog," I didn't know that was a small shot of liquor. So $2 would be the correct answer. I've never cooked chitterlings, so I would not have passed that, but a Black kid of the 70's would have likely been able to get that one right since mama would have likely fixed it. If I wanted to fix it, I'd have to look online and maybe make some phone calls to figure it out.

But cultural bias has some merit as an excuse, but not as a really big one. For instance, I took SATs with questions about regattas. I didn't know what they hell that was, but I used context clues and figured it was some kind of contest or race (a boating race to be more accurate). Since they were math questions, the event didn't matter, just the numbers and names of the characters. That is sort of the point, to judge how well you can navigate around difficult terms and still get enough comprehension out of what's left. What if the question was:

Ixxy and Xou are having a tentacle pulling contest, Ixxy lasts an hour and 3 minutes, and Xou lasts 63 minutes. Who is the winner?

A. Ixxy
B. Xou
C. Tie game

I guess C would be the answer. However, it would be more complicated if this alien contest had rules that weren't in the question, such as the contest can only be done up to an hour. In that case, both would have lost. That would be dirty pool to ask a question about a game that depends on the rules of the game, and the test not give the rules and assume everyone culturally knows that already. So immigrants from other planets would be in trouble if they are asked questions that require knowing the rules of games they don't play back at home (or don't have the physical ability to play).
Drilling for the nerve

Batavia, NY

#5 May 2, 2014
Regatta is the cheese of choice for women barefoot and wearing a Sophia Loren-style peasant dress in the kitchen while cooking Sunday dinner of lasagna during Football Season, and everyone knows it. ;-)

Spotted Girl

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#6 May 2, 2014
Drilling for the nerve wrote:
Regatta is the cheese of choice for women barefoot and wearing a Sophia Loren-style peasant dress in the kitchen while cooking Sunday dinner of lasagna during Football Season, and everyone knows it. ;-)
LOL! Makes as much sense as:

http://aeclecticlife.files.wordpress.com/2013...
Drilling for the nerve

Batavia, NY

#7 May 2, 2014
Spotted Girl wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL! Makes as much sense as:
http://aeclecticlife.files.wordpress.com/2013...

Pretty obvious the answer is 3. I can't believe anyone got it wrong.
Logicalism

United States

#8 May 2, 2014
Spotted Girl wrote:
<quoted text>
The point was made. I would have failed it. I had to look up the terminology. Like a "short dog," I didn't know that was a small shot of liquor. So $2 would be the correct answer. I've never cooked chitterlings, so I would not have passed that, but a Black kid of the 70's would have likely been able to get that one right since mama would have likely fixed it. If I wanted to fix it, I'd have to look online and maybe make some phone calls to figure it out.
But cultural bias has some merit as an excuse, but not as a really big one. For instance, I took SATs with questions about regattas. I didn't know what they hell that was, but I used context clues and figured it was some kind of contest or race (a boating race to be more accurate). Since they were math questions, the event didn't matter, just the numbers and names of the characters. That is sort of the point, to judge how well you can navigate around difficult terms and still get enough comprehension out of what's left. What if the question was:
Ixxy and Xou are having a tentacle pulling contest, Ixxy lasts an hour and 3 minutes, and Xou lasts 63 minutes. Who is the winner?
A. Ixxy
B. Xou
C. Tie game
I guess C would be the answer. However, it would be more complicated if this alien contest had rules that weren't in the question, such as the contest can only be done up to an hour. In that case, both would have lost. That would be dirty pool to ask a question about a game that depends on the rules of the game, and the test not give the rules and assume everyone culturally knows that already. So immigrants from other planets would be in trouble if they are asked questions that require knowing the rules of games they don't play back at home (or don't have the physical ability to play).
And here I had thought that you were making up a fictional (seeing as how they've names) example of squid or octopi having such a competition in the ocean, not supposed 'aliens' from outer space. Just because tentacles are "alien" (strange, weird, rarely seen or thought of, etc.) to humans doesn't mean they're "alien" to Earth itself, as they're already located on certain life forms that are naturally adapted to [oceanic] environments here.

Give us another example, please. Thanks.

lol Just kidding. ;)

Spotted Girl

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#9 May 2, 2014
Logicalism wrote:
<quoted text>
And here I had thought that you were making up a fictional (seeing as how they've names) example of squid or octopi having such a competition in the ocean, not supposed 'aliens' from outer space. Just because tentacles are "alien" (strange, weird, rarely seen or thought of, etc.) to humans doesn't mean they're "alien" to Earth itself, as they're already located on certain life forms that are naturally adapted to [oceanic] environments here.
Give us another example, please. Thanks.
lol Just kidding. ;)
I just might make up another example. I see I unintentionally gave an example of cultural bias. LOL! But right now, I feel dry of creativity.
Jawga Boy

Atlanta, GA

#10 May 3, 2014
Let's get serious, here's a brain teaser.

http://www.topix.com/forum/afam/T6TFSKC922DLQ...

Good luck
Jawga Boy

Atlanta, GA

#11 May 3, 2014

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