Out of the Mouths of Babes

From the Win section of Failblog, this was too good not to share:

epic win photos - Church Attendance WIN

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  • Katie M

    Sometimes, kids DO know best :)

  • AC

    I especially like how that still got 4 marks out of 5.

  • http://superhappyjen.blogspot.com SuperHappyJen

    “most kids probably don’t want to be molested”

    There’s always the odd kid who’s into it.

  • Rieux

    Kid lost a point for “[T]he second is to stop the priests from molesting the kids because most kids probably don’t want to be molested”? Which part of that logic is faulty? (Do you mark a student down for being too tentative?)

  • http://GodlessPoetry.blogspot.com Zietlos

    No, (s)he got full marks for the answer, its just that the right answer was the other order. The second-best option is shortening sermons, removing molestation is the best option to up attendence.

    Or maybe I got full marks in my B/S course. :P

  • http://www.daylightatheism.org Ebonmuse

    My wife suggests that the young author lost a point for beginning a sentence with “And”.

  • plublesnork

    Could someone please describe/transcribe the image for those of us who can’t see it?

    Much appreciated.

  • Nes

    A question on a test:

    2. Is Church attendance amongst youth declining? Answer yes or no (1 point) What do you think are the two best tactics to encourage young people to come back to church? Explain. / 4+1 = 5 [sic]

    The kid’s answer:

    Yes church attendce among youth is declining. I think the 2 best tactics to encourage them to come back is make masses shorter because the main reason they dont go is because it’s so long and boring. And the second is to stop the priests from molesting the kids because most kids probably don’t want to be molested and this can be acomplished by telling the priests marry. [sic]

    The underline in the answer looks like it was added by the uploader for emphasis. There are also some teacher’s marks across the answer and a big 4 partially visible below.

  • german-lurker

    @plublesnork

    Transcribed picture
    exam question :

    2. Is church attendance among youth declining ? Answer yes or no ( 1 point ). What do you think are the two best tactics to encourage young people to come back to church ? Explain
    4 + 1 = 5

    Handwritten Answer with check-marks:

    Yes, church attendance among youth is declining.(check-mark) I think the two best tactics to encourage them to come back is make masses shorter because the main reason they dont (check-mark) go is because it’s so long and boring. And the second is to stop (check-mark) the priests from molesting the kids because most kids probably don’t want to be molested and this (check-mark) can be accomplished by letting the priests marry.

    below is a total : 4

  • Alex Weaver

    My wife suggests that the young author lost a point for beginning a sentence with “And”.

    Which, if true, is the sort of pedantic stupidity up with which we, as a society, should not put.

  • Bill

    I believe the phrase at the end is “letting the priests marry.” which, of course, makes abnormally good sense.

  • ilmari

    this can be acomplished by telling the priests marry. [sic]

    I think that’s actually “this can be apccomplished by letting the priests marry.”

  • plublesnork

    Thanks, Nes.

  • Nes

    Heh, got the letters backwards. Thanks for the correction!

  • Terence Tio

    Some take these comments too seriously. It should rather be taken with a pinch of salt for the homourous thoughts behind them. What have been suggested are rather juvenile rather than carefully and critically thought through.

  • http://www.whyihatejesus.blogspot.com/ OMGF

    What comments have you been reading Terence?

  • Mothman

    I’m actually okay with not molesting children.

  • TheGZeus

    “…mosk kids…”
    Ok, _right back_ to remedial English for you, kiddo.

  • David

    I didn’t read this carefully the first time. I didn’t see “marry” on the last line and I thought it said “killing” instead of “letting”. So to me it looked like it ended with “this can be accomplished by killing the priests”. I was wondering why the underline did not go to the end of the line.

  • Julanar

    The question itself makes no sense. First, it asks IF church attendance is declining “amongst youth;” then it answers its own question and assumes that it is.


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