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Smarter than a fifth-grader?



It's a television show. And now it's a science project for a Bonita Springs sixth grader.

The Naples Daily News reports that Antonia Jacobse, who's in the full-time gifted program at Bonita Springs Middle, wants to study how many adults can pass the fifth-grade science FCAT. So she showed up at a Lee County School Board meeting to ask board members and senior staffers to take the exam.

She even made it easier for them, removing the short-answer questions, leaving just the multiple choice ones.

Most agreed. And they got a lesson of their own.

"I thought that it was challenging," superintendent James Browder told the Daily News. "It certainly taught me that ... if you’re not exposed to the material you’re definitely at a disadvantage."

The exercise got board members talking about the importance of staying more in tune with student experiences. They also noted how much more students must learn today than when they were kids. But they never lost track of politics, either.

Board chair Jeanne Dozier requested that Antonia not release their scores to the newspapers. Unlike schools, the board won't get a grade based on its performance. Antonia agreed.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:27am]


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