“If challenged, test fans often quote the late Dr. W. Edward Deming, the world-famous quality guru who showed Japanese companies how to build better stuff than anybody else. In his book, “The New Economics,” Deming wrote, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”
Here’s the whole sentence as he wrote it: “It is wrong to suppose that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it — a costly myth.”
I found out this morning that one of my former students, Hakeem Witcher, probably shot and killed another boy on Friday. I taught Hakeem and his sister. I knew their little sister. I knew their mother. I called her all the time. I spoke to her when she’d pick them up from school. I remember trying to help her when she asked what to do one night. She was overwhelmed enough to ask for help from some stupid first-year teacher who didn’t even have kids of his own. After I left New Bridge, I saw his mom a few more times. She said Hakeem was up in New Jersey with his dad- that she just couldn’t control him. It didn’t sound good. At some point I saw Hakeem as well. I can’t recall exactly where or when now. He’d started to harden some, a hint of a mustache growing on his face, but that kid who really wanted to please was still there. He wanted to know why I left New Bridge. I probably said something about money. It’s an easy cop out. I really just remember how much I liked Hakeem, how much I hope that there’s still that reachable core of good in him. I know there’s a poor boy who’s dead here and family that’s grieving for […]
Education Outrage: In education, the goal should not be test scores but happiness “Teaching history in school usually spreads propaganda, typically about how great one’s country is.” tags: weekly history quote schrank Millennium Camera Documents Next 1,000 Years Of Change “The camera, which is a relatively simple construct similar to a pinhole camera, is designed to take one long exposure of the Tempe skyline until 3015, when the resulting photograph will go on display at the Arizona State University Art Museum in a month-long exhibition. “ tags: photography technology weekly camera time change tweet BBC News – DR Congo seeks Virunga park boundary change “You, Europeans, you have eaten all your animals,” Joseph Pili Pili, a senior official from the Congolese Ministry of Hydrocarbons, told the BBC, “and now you ask us to turn our backs on money the country desperately needs, the people desperately need, to protect animals?” h/t Harper’s Weekly tags: weekly quote Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.