|Virginia public school worksheet question posted on facebook. Used with permission.|
Wiggledy word problems don't do anything to help children reason and learn. It isn't even really a math problem.
So. There are 34 students in a given class. Twenty of them do track and 18 jump rope. How many do both?
I'm guessing 18 do both because 14 students don't feel like doing any work at all.
Additional questions in my head:
1. Why is Tom even introduced? Is he a gym teacher? A child? Who is Tom?
2. Don't these people know anything? One oughtn't begin a sentence with a number if it's at all avoidable.
3. How many of the possible right answers are acceptable to the real teacher grading this assignment?