Tony R. Nester
2 Corinthians 13:5
Congratulations to each of you who are graduating in the class of 1999. Today we honor you for your accomplishments. We also have a prayer within us that God will bless and guide your lives. You mean more than you probably realize to your parents, your school, your church, and your community.
Surely by now you have had your fill of tests. Tests are one of the most frustrating experiences of high school. Tests that are too hard,, or too long, or come too often.
High school students are famous for giving strange answers to test questions. Answers like these from a science exam:
Q. Define H2O and CO2.
A. H2O is hot water and CO2 is cold water.
Q. What is the difference between oxygen and hydrogen?
A. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.
Q. What are the four seasons?
A. The four seasons are salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q. What is the main cause of dust?
A. One of the main causes of dust is janitors.
Q. Describe the spinal column.
A. The spinal column is a long bunch of bones. The head sits on the top and you sit on the bottom. (1).
We can laugh over these answers but we all know that there is a lot of stress connected with being tested. Sometimes the stress can turn into strong anger toward school and teachers.
There's an old story about a student in graduate school and his final test in a large class taught by an eccentric teacher. He was majoring in ornithology - the study of birds. The professor who was giving the test had indicated that the test could be over anything in the entire field of ornithology. The student had studied for weeks. He had poured over numerous text books. He had studied charts, pictures, and diagrams of birds. He had learned everything he could about the history of various species and their habits of feeding, mating, and flight.
On the day of the test the students came into class, cleared their desks, and took out their pen ...
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