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THE PROBLEM WITH IXL

IXL is a website supposedly designed to teach kids about different subjects, but mostly ELA and math. But IXL isn’t just. Most of you who have been on IXL are probably like ‘Well duuuuh it even changes its own answers can’t get more unjust than that’ BUT WAIT! Though it is unfair in many ways (the way listed above isn’t actually true. It just feels like that), this article isn’t focused on any of those. The truth is… IXL IS BIAST TOWARDS CHRISTIANS! Don’t believe me? Just check out R.5 in 7th Grd. Ela! You need to have read the Bible to mass many of those questions! The questions ask what literary allusions (references to other literature) refer to, giving you a choice between two books. How are us non-christians supposed to know what refers to the Bible?! NOOZ FLASH! WE HAVEN’T READ IT!

And worst of all, that’s not even the end.

As seen to the right, it's also sexist. oof the image isnt working That is straight from IXL. They’re just saying women are more social than men, and don’t even have any research to back that up. Disappointing, IXL. Very disappointing.

-Lego Ant, maanitgoel@gmail.com

Friday The 13th/18: The Big Ol' IXL Review

Many small children across the Unites States have been subject to a lot of IXL throughout their elementary and middle school careers. Now, many of them also have complained endlessly about how terrible IXL is, and how unfair the SmartScore thingy is, and how bias it is towards Christianity. However, here in this article W will be explaining in-depth the pros and cons of IXL. Let’s start with the pros. Yes, that is the truth, fellow children, IXL does actually have some pros. For example, when I was working on skill R.2 in 7th grade ELA, I was initially like, “ohhh this is boring, this is unfair, how can I possibly specify between omniscient and limited third person,” but then, when I was binge-reading Harry Potter, I was just naturally like, “Oh, this is third-person limited,” without even thinking about it. Now, that might just have been a coincidence, but I chalked it up to the fact that I had practiced R.2 that afternoon. Without even pausing to think or find a purpose to name the point of view, I just naturally identified it. And now, I do that for every bit of narrative fiction I read, naturally. And I can say that, mostly, thanks to IXL. IXL also does give me good practice for skills I need to learn to do my argument and expository essays well. Sure, the practice doesn’t necessarily “feel like play,” like in IXL’s motto, but it is still good practice. Now, at this point you might be thinking, “ohhh W can’t come up with any more good things---” But I still in fact can. See, a lot of times I find myself doing easy skills like J.1 or J.2 of ELA 7th grade and I end up looking up some of the words IXL asks me to find a synonym or antonym for. Now, admit it, none of you reading this knew what “anachronism” meant before you saw it in IXL and looked it up. Which is another good thing about IXL; is that it increases your vocabulary. Now for the bad things. Yes, ladies and gents, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the bad things about IXL. So. The group of children who are probably reading this right now probably had to go through The Trauma of E.3 The Trauma of E.3 is a terrible state in which children cannot identify adverbs correctly, which is not their fault because IXL, dumb as it is, thinks that words like “not” and “her” and “town” are adverbs. So children end up guessing their way through E.3 and end up answering over 2,000 questions, and still not reaching a SmartScore of 85.
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An elusive IXL mugshot


Which brings me to the second problem about IXL, which is the biggest one. You see, the grading system that IXL uses is very different from the ones you’d see in, say, XtraMath. For this example we will use the skill J.9 of 7th grade. So you click on the skill and it starts out with a single question and your SmartScore at zero. Now, with a regular boring old “educational” program, your score might go up by 10 every time you got a question right, and take away 4 points every time you got a question wrong. But with IXL, that is not the case. The first question you answer correctly will grant you a generous ten points. If I got a question wrong while I only had ten points, IXL would only take away one point. But as you answer more and more questions correctly, the points you get for each correct answer steadily decreases; for example if you were at 50, you would only be granted around six or five. The thing is, the questions also get steadily harder as your score goes up. In the J.9 example, there might only be two options (50% chance of getting the question right) when your score is only at 10 or 20, then around 40 there is three options (33% chance of getting the question right), then around 85 there is four options (25% chance of getting the question right). This is quite cruel for IXL to do this, because before you know it you have something that only grants you one point and that is really hard and takes away 16 points if you get it wrong. The problem with that is, even if you make a small mistake at, say, 97, your SmartScore drastically decreases. If you somehow manage to make it to 100% SmartScore, you will see the ratio of right to wrong questions. And that ratio is usually kind of sad, like 48/2. For perspective, the amount you need to get right to “master” the skill without getting anything wrong is 28, and if you only get two wrong, you have to do so much more. Which is why I guess so many people hate IXL, because of that. Anyway, I give IXL a 7/10 for effort.

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