# WitCH 130: Shoo

Here’s the next one from the 2017 Year 7 test, again the calculator part. It’s not nearly as bad as the first question, but it’s so goddam lazy it really had to be included.

### UPDATE (09/03/24)

We’ve just noticed that this stupid shoe question also appears in the Year 7 demo test, with a notable alteration:

The use of “proportion” here is bad, and wrong, but at least they tried.

## 12 Replies to “WitCH 130: Shoo”

1. peter fowler says:

Why? Real life contexts should have some reason behind them. I can’t see any here.

1. J.D. says:

Maybe “Express the fraction of orders which are for purple shoes as a decimal number”? Otherwise, you could argue that “this” could refer as easily to 57 or to 1000 as to 0.057.

1. marty says:

Thanks, J.D.. The “this” is inexcusably lazy. And, as peter noted, who the hell cares anyway?

2. marty says:

Thanks, peter. The purposelessness of such questions is standard.

At this stage, the entire numeracy thing is simply a meaningless ritual. ACARA and their fellow clowns simply do not care if the scenario makes any plausible sense, if the question is testing any solid mathematics in any coherent manner, as long as Johnny is doing something with some physical or commercial or business thing. It is all completely insane.

2. Back in Black says:

0.this

1. marty says:

Very funny, although perhaps this.0 is more accurate.

1. Back in Black says:

I guess it depends on how many significant figures they want.

3. Banacek Spaces says:

Am 100% sure such questions have mushroomed in schools since.
0.057
Most students would know anyway.
Years ago, as a freshman substituting a “competent teacher” I found a question in the test to be administered:
Find the value of x in 5/x : 15/21
The topic was – ratios
So, diplomatically, “did you mean 5 : x = 15 : 21 ?”
The former was used and most student got the right answer of 7. No issue, freshman.

1. Back in Black says:

Or perhaps 5/x = 15/21.

The ‘competent teacher’ had probably done several examples in class, abusing the notation in each example, so of course most students would ‘understand’ what was meant and how to play the game. I wonder what the textbook questions looked like …?

4. CyberChalky says:

Obviously they want 7415 with a random decimal point thrown in….

5. marty says:

I’ve updated the post.

1. Red Five says:

Thanks Marty – those two links made for interesting reading that should be compulsory for anyone setting or checking a public test or examination!