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I think my DC is getting wrong info at school.

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KnightsOfCydonia Mon 23-Jan-17 19:31:32

DS (7yo) is doing a project at school on the telephone.
He has been taught that John logie Baird invented the telephone.
I was always under the impression that the telephone was invented by Alexander graham bell, and logie Baird invented TV.
I'm prepared to be told that I'm wrong, if that's the case.
Am I correct in thinking this? And if so should I speak to the teacher about it?

GryffindorGal Mon 23-Jan-17 19:36:47

Yes, you are correct. John Logie Baird invented the television and not telephone!

Mamabear12 Mon 23-Jan-17 19:39:18

So strange teacher would get this wrong especially as it can be easily found online. Are you sure it's not your son who confused the two?

Alfieisnoisy Mon 23-Jan-17 19:39:45

Just check first that it's not your DS who has mixed things up. grin.

EduCated Mon 23-Jan-17 19:41:18

Yes, sure it's not your son confusing telephone/television ?!

KnightsOfCydonia Mon 23-Jan-17 19:44:41

I don't think so, his homework this week is to "draw a picture of an old phone" then "write 5 facts about John logie Baird"

AnchorDownDeepBreath Mon 23-Jan-17 19:48:56

Is the project definitely specifically about the telephone and not inventions or audio visual inventions?

It seems such an obvious thing for a teacher to have got wrong, especially on worksheets for homework... but if they have, that's worrying!

user1484226561 Mon 23-Jan-17 20:07:03

but if they have, that's worrying! not particluarly worrying, people make mistakes you know. Someone has made a minor error, either teacher, or DS or whoever passed information on to the teacher. ( she may not have written the SOW herself)

By all means ask for it to be corrected, but its no big deal.

WickedLazy Mon 23-Jan-17 20:12:33

I would cross out the incorrect name in red pen, and write the correct name above. The teacher will see it, probably double check and blush. Keep an eye (and ear) out for any other mistakes.

Caroian Mon 23-Jan-17 20:19:23

But surely they are separate questions? Just because the first question asks for a picture of a telephone doesn't mean the second question must also be about its inventor - unless, I guess, the homework sheet specifically says "Telephone Homework" or similar.

I wouldn't cross it out in red pen personally. It will make you look like you're trying to do the teacher's job. I'd simply make fact number one on my list of five facts "he invented the television". After all, that will be answering the question that has been asked - not the question you think should have been asked.

WickedLazy Mon 23-Jan-17 20:19:47

Fun fact for your ds, Bell originally suggested 'ahoy' be used as the greeting when answering a phone, but 'hello' proved to be more popular smile

Sweets101 Mon 23-Jan-17 20:21:34

I thpught Bell was credited with inventing the telephone but actually it was someone elses idea first?

KnightsOfCydonia Mon 23-Jan-17 20:24:09

Just clarified with DS again the project is specifically on JLB, "who invented telephone and television"
I think I will go to the school on the basis that DS has picked it up wrong but I just wanted to clarify with them?

FizzySmile Mon 23-Jan-17 20:24:10

Perhaps it's a project on 'Inventors & Inventions' (I've worked on this topic previously with my classes)?
Therefore the activity and question may not be directly related?

Sweets101 Mon 23-Jan-17 20:24:29

But it wasn't Baird either!

WickedLazy Mon 23-Jan-17 20:24:39

An Italian inventor had an idea for a telephone type device years before, but I don't think it ever really took off.

FizzySmile Mon 23-Jan-17 20:25:15

In that case, info appears to be incorrect, yes.

GiraffesEatStingingNettles Mon 23-Jan-17 20:26:35

Who invented what is a bit of a minefield, actually.

US Congress recognises Bell did not invent the telephone

Sounds like it was probably a mistake made by the teacher, but perhaps an interesting starting point for a discussion about how history often overlooks true pioneers. (And why this is the case!)

GiraffesEatStingingNettles Mon 23-Jan-17 20:27:45

oops. cross-post x about 10 blush

KnightsOfCydonia Mon 23-Jan-17 20:29:44

Sweets my grandmother has just said something similar in that she thinks that bell got the credit but it was someone else's idea (possibly JLB?)
I will ask the teacher in person rather than leaving a note in the homework diary, where it may be perceived differently.
In any case my she needs to know as if she has it wrong she can correct it, if DS has picked her up wrong then maybe she needs to check understanding a bit more clearly.
As tempting as red pen would be I wouldn't want to destroy a decent parent/teacher relationship by doing something like that.

Iggii Mon 23-Jan-17 20:32:01

Please don't "go to the school" - slip a note in for the teacher, unless you really want to shame her in front of other members of staff. But you've every right to correct the mistake.

Iggii Mon 23-Jan-17 20:32:31

Cross post! Glad you are taking that approach

Amaried Mon 23-Jan-17 21:04:37

Are you bonkers that you think this warrants a visit to the school..
just tell your ds that his mom said that wasn't correct and leave it that
Marching into school to correct the teacher will get you nothing but a reputation as a being slightly nuts !

KnightsOfCydonia Mon 23-Jan-17 21:23:48

Amaried I was never going to "march into school to correct the teacher"
At no point did I insinuate that either. I think it's an interesting topic and would like to clarify what's being taught?
Wether or not my DS has picked it up wrong, or misunderstood in some way? Or if indeed the teacher has made a mistake, which can happen, we are all human after all!
I had no intention of "marching" to anyone
What I do intend is to have a private conversation with his class teacher (not overheard by other members of staff or other pupils. I don't want to embarrass her, or myself for that matter!
I consider the school to be a great school, and I would like to think I have a good relationship with the staff and intend to maintain that relationship.

KnightsOfCydonia Mon 23-Jan-17 21:26:34

So to answer your I'm not bonkers!
Nor does it merit a "visit to the school" I will simply bring it up during the time I'm at the school anyway for drop offs or pick ups, this does happen twice a day so not going out of my day to "visit"

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