I have used exercises from this book throughout my career as a teacher, but yesterday I was faced with a fact that I never considered, that some things might not be logical in today’s world.
I like using these puzzles to get student’s thinking in ways outside of numerical algorithms, and I also find it fun that students really get hooked on these puzzles. It is fun to see them working on their critical thinking. Today’s issue came from the table logic section- and this is the first time that I have come across this problem. The problem:
1. Joe Flow is Carol’s partner.
2. Jill is Carol’s brother’s partner.
3. Daryl Barrel is Carol’s brother.
4. Jill’s last name is Mill
5. Jill is sitting to the left of Joe.
Using the previous diagram, your solution should be:
Any guesses where my students had problems with this logic puzzle?
At first neither did I. Then by the second class, it dawned on me. I teach in schools with a high Native American population. One trend with our local families is extended families, those with multiple fathers and mothers, aunts, uncles, cousins. The hang up with my students were hints that stated that Daryl and Carol are siblings. Just because they are brother and sister does not mean they carry the same last name.
Be careful of what you think is obvious, transparent or logical in your classroom. Our ever-changing society is changing the rules on what may have been logical when you grew up.