Thursday, August 11, 2005

More from our friends at the College Board

Sentence Completion:
The board members, accustomed to the luxury of beign chaufferured to coprorate meetings in company limousines, were predictably (disgruntled) when they learned that this service had been (suspended).
More thrashing of the rich people. If you're a champion of the poor, why does everyone have to pay you $18 to take a test?
Conservative historians who represent a traditional account as (accurate) because of its age may be guilty on trust what they should have (examined) in a conscientious fashion.
Don't tell me you fell for the stupid vote-by-IQ statistic. Don't think that Zinn and Brinkley are the brightest bulbs either. Their books are full of wordplay that distort the truth.

State commissioner Ming Hsu expected that her Commission on International Trade would not merely (forecast) the future effects of foreign competition on local businesses but would also offer practical strategies for successfully resisting such competition.
Because we all know that competition in the free market and big multinational corporations are bad.

Since many teachers today draw on material from a variety of sources, disciplines, and ideologies for their lessions, their approach could best be called ______________.
I'll leave this one blank for the readers. First they'll spot the error in the actual sentence. Then they answer. They seem to have a better answer to fill in the blank than the one you provided (eclectic).

Unprecedented turmoil int he usually thriving nation has made formerly (sanguine) investors leery of any further involvement.

The alarm voiced by the committee investigating the accident had a (salutary) effect, for its dire predictions motivated people to take precautions that (averted) an ecological disaster.
How much did Greenpeace pay you to write that sentence?

Mary Cassat, an Impressionist painter, was the epitome of the (expatriate) American: a native of Philadelphia who lived most of her life in Paris.
Given current conditions, I think all radical liberals should also live as expatriate Americans.

Critical Reading:
Here's one bashing the scientific field for discrimination against women. Gotta admit, College Board was pretty clever to publish this right around the time Lawrence Summers announced his controversial theory explaining the lack of women in scientific studies. Happy reading:

The following one really got to me. Everyone knows that Clarence Darrow was the Johnny Cochran (God bless his soul, RIP) of his time. However, most critical reading passages only get a short few sentences to summarize the passage. Clarence Darrow gets 2 entire paragraphs outlining the entire background of a testimony he gave to the jury. Clearly it's a tribute to a liberal icon as well as an anti-American piece. You draw the paralells betwen then and now.
Questions 1-11 are based on the following passage:

Sorry about the poor quality images. My scanner's gone bust recently.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

College Board Liberalism

National standardized tests are the last places I would expect a liberal to dominate (well, except for AP US History). I found multiple left-slanted questions on, of all tests, the English Composition Test (similar to the SATII Writing test). So much for politics staying out of education. They started attacking our roots ever since the 1970's.

Identifying sentence errors:
"Undoubtedly, more voters in the urban areas will have voted for her if Juanita Morton had taken a less conservative stance."
Lemme guess: the error is "conservative."
"Introducing new ideas or even reestablishing old ones is always a highly controversial matter, especially in a pluralistic and changing democratic society."
Way to contradict yourselves idiots. A democratic society constantly changes BECAUSE it's the easiest society to discuss and debate your ideas, not because it's "especially the hardest place to introduce new ideas." Try proposing democracy in China and see how far you get. I already have $25,000 set aside for each of you to try to bail you out.
"Modern Yugoslavs are committed to self-managed socialism, a system under which the workers rather than the state, owns most enterprises."
How much did the socialists pay you to put this one on the test? Notice the extremely apologetic and even promotional tone of the question.
"Shrewd politicians speculate that people will stand in line longer at the polls to vote against somebody than they will voting for somebody."
So that's why the Democrats talk down very single thing the Republicans propose and do; build enough opposition against them, and you'll have people waiting half an hour at the polls just vote against the Republicans. Reality check Dr. Dean. Your 50 States Victory program will never work--not so long as Americans retain their ability to think for themselves.
"Because Burns had a strong sense of social justice, she protested over her party's failure to support a tax decrease for senior citizens"
Sounds like a blatant criticism of conservatism. I willing to bet you that the original sentence had "health care" instead of "a tax decrease," before a more level-headed editor made them take it out and replace it (either that or they're being sly through subtlety).
"Through the artful use of flattery, this fashion designer manags to overwork seamstresses, underpay models, and, most important, manipulates the tastes of buyers, both male and female."
Because we all know corporations are evil and advertisements are just brainwashing tools. What's wrong with praising your workers? An employer's lack of appreciation is why workers' unions start bitching in the first place.
"It is doubtful that economists ever meant to suggest that stock-market gains are a completely reliant index of the health of the economy."

Sentence corrections:
"The President's personal adviser can exercise enormous power despite the fact of no election being held for the position."
"Althrough several groups were absolutely opposed to the outside support given the revolutionary government, other groups were as equal in their adamant approval of that support."
This test was written in the 70's. You make your own interpretation of this question.
"The filibuster on voting-rights legislation went on for three days and nights; senators slept when they could on benches in the hall."
It's the 70's. The Civil Rights Act is in full effect. Why are you still bitching about voting rights?
"Because the workers approached their jobs with very little interest and almost no energy, their productivity was, not surprisingly, very low."
More Union rambling. Americans have some of the best (maybe even the best) working conditions in the world. Workers take WAY too much for granted, so stop bitching.

And here's the clincher--question 90 on a 90-question test:
"Western civilization, often by questionable means, attempted to bring their version of progress to nonindustrial societies."
Because we all know that Western civilization is evil. Besides code of law, philosophy, chemistry, physics, modern medicine, sanitation, electricity, computers, and space travel, what has Western civilization contributed to the world? Yet another anti-Western anti-corporate hippie in charge of editing this test. Living conditions became a lot better AFTER industrialization and westernization than conditions before. This one really gets me worked up.

So far you've seen isolated examples from public schools, isolated examples from state-run exams, and examples from US History textbooks. Now you've seen this. If you're still not convinced there's indoctrination, then you my friend are completely brainwashed.