This has to be the stupidest question of the 2012 testing season. Third grade students in New Jersey were asked to reveal a secret.

What exactly is the point of this question? It does not ask the students to explain what he or she has learned. It is not related to what they were taught or should have learned.

It is intrusive, nosy, pointless, and stupid.

Questions like this add fuel to the popular outrage against high-stakes testing.

Someday, people will look back on this era and wonder: “What were they thinking?”