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Which way is the bus traveling – Preschool test that you won’t pass

“In which direction is the bus pictured below traveling?”
Bus for Preschool Test
Look carefully at the picture.
Do you know the answer?
(The only possible answers are “left” or “right.”)
Think about it
Still don’t know?
Okay, I’ll tell you.
The pre-schoolers all answered “left.”
When asked, “Why do you think the bus is traveling in the left direction?”
they answered:
“Because you can’t see the door.”
How do you feel now ???
I know, me too.
How we feel after taking the test
Have a Great Day

12 comments

12 Comments so far

  1. Lindwyrm April 6th, 2007 12:05 pm

    Very funny, but I thought it was going right for similar reasons to the kids. I am in the UK though, so it would be going the other way to how the yanks see it…

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  4. chrisn April 6th, 2007 9:00 pm

    I don’t feel bad about missing it. Having much more experience with visual models that a preschooler, I didn’t know whether the lack of a door was intentional, as was the lack of signage, tail pipe, engine area, etc.

  5. bogus.idea April 7th, 2007 12:14 am

    i bet that it’s actually traveling toward the back of your screen. (“,)

    😉

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  8. allsux April 10th, 2007 7:06 am

    GAH too funny I really couldn’t figure it out. I guess I really do sux

    -= http://allsux.com

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  10. JohnnyChunnel June 15th, 2007 11:30 am

    In this situation the pre-schoolers are using a rudimentary form of mathematical induction to prove a hypothesis (ie. the door is on the other side of the bus, hence the bus is traveling to the left). This assumes two things, the bus has a door (which is a reasonable assumption since all buses have doors) and that the bus is traveling forward (which is not a reasonable assumption because at least some buses can travel both forward and backward). To prove a hypothesis you must show that in all situations it is true, but to disprove it you have to come up with but one counter-example. Therefore, I suggest that the bus is moving to the right because it is actually moving backwards.

    Young children do well with these kinds of “tests” because they have not yet been taught to be critical and analyze a situation, they respond on gut instinct, which is sometimes correct. Adults on the other hand, especially those that have received a University level education, have been taught to be more analytical and try to apply logic to find the right solution. The logical solution is sometimes the same as the gut instinct solution, but has the added benefit of being proven true, rather than just felt to be true.

    I used to date an elementary school teacher, she had a whole bunch of questions like this, and I used to drive her crazy by pointing out the flaws in them.

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