Of course parents are reacting with "horror" to a little bit of chaos being introduced into their nice orderly testing system. How dare their children be exposed to anything creative? How dare they be made aware of the fact that there's anything going on outside the box?
“I think it’s weird that they put such a silly question on a state test. What were they thinking?” said Bruce Turley, 14, an eighth-grader at Lower Manhattan Community Middle School.
The important thing is what you're thinking, Bruce, not what they're thinking. That one question probably did more to prepare you for life than the entire rest of the test.
Also, the person at Pearson who decided to sneak even some watered-down Daniel M Pinkwater into that test deserves a raise. And then should probably be let go. And then get another raise.