Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quiz me this. JPS edition.

A Social Studies quiz supposedly given to students at Murrah High School is making the rounds on Facebook.  It uses the words "injuns" and the reading level might leave something to be desired.  Read for yourself.  JJ sent a copy of the quiz to JPS this morning and asked for a comment but has not yet received a response.  A mother of a Murrah High School Senior posted on Facebook that the quiz was not a fabrication and that it was given to her son's class.  One hopes this quiz is indeed a hoax.
Question: Could this have been an extra-credit quiz?








46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good God! If that is in fact an actual test given to high school kids at Murrah, then I have no doubt that JPS needs to be taken over by the state. That is an absolutely joke of a test!!

Anonymous said...

Now see, if they just had more funding, everything would be ok.

Anonymous said...

And JPS was "defamed".

Anonymous said...

You really think this was not a hoax? You guys would believe anything! I've got some snake oil for sale if you're that gullible.

Anonymous said...

HOLY SHIT

Anonymous said...

He got question 45 wrong.

Anonymous said...

This has to be a hoax.

Anonymous said...

Extra credit: When you graduate from Murrah you will live in

a. Fields
b. Cars
c. Vans

Anonymous said...

Seriously...this is fake news right? Kingfish, you got taken, right? I. Am. Without. Words. If this is true, Dear Jesus let the state take over JPS!!! I mean, shit.

Kingfish said...

I didn't buy it. However, nothing surprises me anymore. There is a mother who publicly said it was true and JPS isn't responding.

Anonymous said...

If this truly is an actual quiz at Murrah then JPS is in worse shape that I thought. If this is a standard quiz and students dont have strait A's then nothing will fix it even if state takes over. Please let this be a hoax.

Anonymous said...

What the purpose of having African American Quiz in the upper right corner? Is there a separate test for Non-African American students?

Anonymous said...

Whatever problems JPS is having, I don't believe this is real for one minute. KF, this is one you should have verified this 100% before posting.

Anonymous said...

teacher = Mr. Holman

Anonymous said...

its titled "African-American Quiz"

hoax.

Louis LeFleur said...

Sacrebleu!

Kingfish said...

We also squash hoaxes by putting them out in the open here from time to time.

Kingfish said...

This is also making the rounds on Facebook pages of people who are Black. Its not being passed around on Facebook pages of whites.

Anonymous said...

"Milsaps"? How bout "Millsaps". Surely this is a hoax.

Anonymous said...

Why do you think that this is a hoax?

Anonymous said...

Tony Holeman teaches African American History at Murrah High School. This is real.

Anonymous said...

IF this is true and I do not believe it is, JPS could not be saved if the Stanford faculty moved to THE BOLD NEW CITY.

MaggieFromMs said...

I would HOPE that isn't a true test. I don't know if even the principal would know if it is real.

Anonymous said...

I went to JPS in the late 90s and I would suprised if half the teachers can read at a 10th grade level.

Anonymous said...

Its got be a hoxe. I went to Murrah and no much.

Anonymous said...

"Its got be a hoxe. I went to Murrah and no much."
September 21, 2017 at 5:56 PM

If you're trolling, you deserve a medal. That was good!

If you're serious, then please stay in Jackson, where your literacy will be best appreciated.

As for the test, I think we're missing a lot of context. The text seems to be about a specific portion of American/African American History. Knowing that, might help the test make more sense. But the headline/title (or maybe summary/directions) seems to have been cropped. I've never seen questions written in that manner, with early questions apparently (but not clearly) predicating later questions. Does this reflect a new trend? Or, is it something unique to Jackson Public Schools?

Anonymous said...

Back in the day, Murrah was considered by many to be the most prestigious high school in Mississippi.

That day has been in the rear view mirror a long time.


Anonymous said...

You know we're screwed when a poster is on here asking about "the context". I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Anonymous said...

@7:33. When was Murrah a prestigious high school? I attended Murrah in the mid 70's (Mr Merritt was principal and Mr Mangum asst principal). Murrah was a pathetic excuse for a high school then.

@7:20 I want my meddle that you say I deserve.

Anonymous said...

At 5:45 - I'm not "suprised" you went to JPS but would be SuRprised if the teachers were teaching at a 10th grade level.

Anonymous said...

Don't you get it? This is a class for athletes. You need the easy A classes at the high school level too.

Anonymous said...

In the mid 1960's, Murrah High School was ranked #4 high school in America. All the doctor's kids attended. Coach Jack Carlisle, Martha Bergmark, Skip Jernigan ruled.

Anonymous said...

9:30 has figured it out. Now let's see what the rest of the curriculum for the students and the athletes consists of. Bet it wouldn't shock us.

Anonymous said...

Aside from the fact that teachers don't write tests anymore and tests come with the text materials, this doesn't have a grade or way to identify who the student was or what topics were tested.
It is not likely the class would be tested on the Revolutionary War and Civil War in the same testing period.
And, I looked up Tony Holeman and the only one in the metro area who is a teacher lives in Flowood and coaches girls softball. He isn't African American even though he might still teach African American studies.
Before posting on FB, the mothers ( and all other adults ) should go to the source first( the teacher in this instance) and then the principal if necessary. Other adults should contact the mothers and get the name of the teacher and contact him . His email ( all teachers ) is available on JPS.
I let my children know when they were teens, if they got into any conflict or trouble with an adult or spoke ill of anyone, they had damn well better be telling me the truth because I would check it out before reacting or acting. I know that teens are hormonal and self-serving and vulnerable to peer influence.
Perhaps, if done by a teacher, it's a test to prove to kids they shouldn't believe everything they see on FB. I was taught in the 7th grade to check the accuracy and biases of any sources of information before forming an opinion on any subject or person! As a result, I know FB post are at best biased and most often horribly inaccurate. And, FB didn't just sell ads to Russians, they let Russian trolls set up FB pages and post on legitimate group sites.



Anonymous said...

8:50, You have it figured out. The Russians did it. Seems to work for just about anything.

Anonymous said...

To various posters: Kingfish asked JPS to comment, JPS declined. What more do you expect him to do?

To 8:50: Perhaps this is a hoax. However, I find it to easier to believe that this is legitimate than to believe that Vladimir Putin is conspiring to reduce public confidence in JPS. I don't think Putin gives a rat's rear about JPS.

Anonymous said...

One would think the Department of Education auditors would have used this as Exhibit "A" in their petition for a state takeover - unless it's a hoax.

Anonymous said...

Now that I've googled the identities of Prince Hall, Cuff Hayes and Peter Salem, I'm convinced it's not a hoax.

Anonymous said...

I fart in your general direction

Anonymous said...

@8:50am - you didn't look to hard. There's a Tony Holeman working for Murrah according to their website (https://www.jackson.k12.ms.us/domain/902) who teaches "socia studies" (also a direct quote from the website). And my spouse teaches at a top-rated local high school and I can guarantee you that most tests are made by the teacher.

Anonymous said...

I feel pretty confident no one circled "a" on questions 47,48, and 49.

Anonymous said...


I Finished at Murrah in 1961---Murrah was listed in the top 5 schools in the nation. In addition, we excelled in every sport---TOP RANKED IN ALL BIG EIGHT.

Can't you figure out what happened !!!!!!!!!!!!

Kingfish said...

Friends kid is at Murrah. Kid said he or she saw the quiz.

Anonymous said...

Too bad that Murrah is totally gone for all you grads of the 1960s.

Anonymous said...

The majority of the answers are two completely different subjects, making this test fairly easy for anyone to pass. I hope it is a hoax and if not, feel sorry for the kids not receiving a qualified education.

Anonymous said...

Well, if this was a real quiz given in high school, then the saddest part of this to me, besides the poor construction and grammar, is that my 6th graders could have aced this quiz. They learned a lot more than what is on this quiz (more depth) last year in the 5th grade. My question is are the children not learning this until high school because they don't pay attention in earlier years, because the teachers are so poor, or because the administration has poor skills related to curriculum development?

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