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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
THE KING TUT PUZZLE
THE KING TUT PUZZLE
“Sunnyside” http://www.loubradt.com/ recently ranted about homework for
grade school children.It reminded me of
years old, Spencer was bringing home a boatload of homework every night.Much of it was “busy” work and some didn’t
make sense even to his parents.My
favorite was a math question designed (I guess) to make the kids think:
“Two and two equals four…explain.”
I mulled over this question for about 20
minutes.I had no idea what the teacher
was looking for and it was 8:30, 30 minutes past Spencer’s bed time and 2 ½
hours into a seven year olds homework.I
finally scribbled on his paper:
he told me two and two equals anything else I would think he was an idiot and
you were the worst math teacher in the USA.”
That was the
last “thinking question” homework we received that year.
assignment of all assignments was a “King Tut” puzzle.
home one night with an envelope.Inside
were 11 pieces of white paper cut into puzzle pieces.The assignment was to put the pieces together
and then tell three things about the person the puzzle formed.
pieces are difficult to figure out, especially when cut by scissors and even
more especially when one piece was missing.We (did any teacher really think a 7 year old was going to do this
without help) started at 7:00.At 7:45 I
still did not know who this puzzle was supposed to be until I asked Spencer
what they were studying in this class.
Ah ha!The puzzle without a piece now started to
look like King Tut.
finally solved, we now had to tell three things about King Tut.
It was eight
o’clock and I was borderline crazed about this stupid assignment.Couldn’t the teacher just have asked “Tell
three things about King Tut?”No, she
had to send home a stupid freaking all white puzzle with a missing piece.What fun!!
book Spence and we’ll look up King Tut.”His book did not have a section on King Tut.I guess we were expected to look him up on
the internet.My internet access at the
time was via a slow modem (remember modems?)My patience was now zero.
1.King Tut was called the child king…because he
was a child.(That was the extent of my
King Tut knowledge.)
2.King Tut was left handed.(Prove me wrong.)
3.It is now nine o’clock; my father
says it is well known that King Tut was unable to solve puzzles with all white scissor
cut pieces especially when one piece was missing.So I guess King Tut was also an idiot.