|Her smile means she knows the structural joke...|
Source: 2009 NAEP | U.S. Dept. of Education
Here's one that actually threw me: the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has just released their 2011 National "Scientific Report Card" for U.S. middle schoolers (I'll comment more on what it says in a future post). Linking out from NAEP's site, I found this document, clocking in at 155 pages, which explains the scientific framework for this testing, and the methods used to assay student knowledge. Look at the cover image, of a young girl smiling as she discovers the joy of chemical modeling kits...
...What is that molecule, anyway? Anyone recognize it? It has a terminal "-CO3" group, and some sort of terminal methylene on the other end. I couldn't think of a reasonable answer, except the dreaded posed picture possibility.
High irony, that this picture appears on the front of a document about, well...science education!