One reaction some people had to my post on elite university admissions in a winner-take-all-society could be easily summarized: So what? Hundreds of thousands of families invest time, energy, hope and resources into attaining a child’s admission to Harvard, Princeton etc., most of them don’t make it, but life is tough, deal with it, nothing [...]
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Of course the Atlanta school miracle was faked. All school miracles are faked. Remember Dukenfield’s law!
There’s an old joke about a man who asks a woman to sleep with him for $1 million. She agrees, whereupon he asks her to sleep with him for $1. “What kind of a girl do you think I am?” asks the woman indignantly. “We’ve settled that,” replies the man, “We’re just arguing about the [...]
Appalling, essential article on what level of writing earns a passing grade on New York’s high school leaving exam.
The latest from Philadelphia.
… it’s worth cheating for. The D.C. school system provides another example. Management-by-measurement needs to build in cheating-prevention features, including punishment for cheaters.
It’s as true now as it was eighty years ago, when the W.C. Fields character said it in You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man. But the advocates of high-stakes low-quality standardized testing keep ignoring it.
Now lemmesee…. –Using high-stakes tests to reward and punish schools and their staffs encourages cheating. –The relatively cheap (on a per-student basis) tests that have to be used if testing is to be done on a census, rather than a sample, mean that the tests measure only a subset of what we want the students [...]