Yup. School systems seem to be designed precisely around that.
Tests are designed to be confusing. There’s even a popular book that went around a few years ago for teachers promoting the concept of “Grit” and a lot of the materials that were prepared for the failed Common Core were around this idea.
Make it tougher than is is possible to succeed (encourage failure), the theory being it’ll improve growth.
I don’t know if it’s wrong or right… but being put out there on a MASSIVE scale was really a bad idea, and I’m glad they’re already backing away from it. My 10.5 yr old nephew has had to suffer with 1.5 yrs of it and he was thrilled when I told him Obama signed the death of “No Child left Behind” which will ALSO eventually kill Common Core.
He was great at math ’til the 4th grade. That’s when the new textbooks arrived. Hes still great at math: I gave him some tricks on how to do it *his* way in his head, and then do it the way the teacher needed to see. [and had to explain how her salary and the school’s money was tied to his grades, which i why the show-your-work has to match with theirs).
So, he learned to do the work twice. I had to do the same thing in school. My way, and then the teacher’s way. They’re just less forgiving right now in the current environment.