“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.”
Spurious Correlations tags: weekly rajive data openuptru tru research correlation causation ‘free to develop a hothouse plant that bore little resemblance to anything that grew in the natural soil’ “Protected from the harsh winds of the markets, legal educatorswere free to develop a hothouse plant that bore little resemblance toanything that grew in the natural soil of law practice. The hothousewalls are falling, leaving law schools to cope with markets.”1Larry RibsteinPracticing Theory: Legal Education for the 21st Century tags: law legal education weekly tweet Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
Mr. Guhlin asked “How have laptop programs helped?” and the responses depressed me. Maybe, I’m over analyzing but quote like “Imagine anything one could do on an overhead projector. You can do the same on a tablet if you have an LCD.” brought me close to tears. Clearly, replacing an overhead and pen with several thousands of dollars worth of equipment to do “the same” is not a cost efficient trade. Other quotes that made me wince: my laptop/tablet has replaced a paper notebook during meetings. Have students do grammar exercises. Math teachers do the same. Not exactly what you’d want to hear if you’re paying for those laptops. Now, I also realize these are quick reports but I don’t see anything in there about students doing anything they couldn’t do with paper for far less money.Â The whole point of a 1:1 is to get students producing with laptops and to have no comment on that worries me. Don’t get me wrong- I’m for 1:1 initiatives and that’s why I’m concerned. I work in a district going on the 6th year of a 1:1 initiative and I worry that some teachers might give similar “proof” that our program is working. So here’s how our 1:1 has helped students in our school- everyone now has a computer no matter their […]
New perspectives – what’s wrong with TED talks? Benjamin Bratton at TEDxSanDiego 2013 – Re:Think – YouTube tags: ted talks complexity weekly We Didn’t Eat the Marshmallow. The Marshmallow Ate Us. – NYTimes.com “The marshmallow study captured the public imagination because it is a funny story, easily told, that appears to reduce the complex social and psychological question of why some people succeed in life to a simple, if ancient, formulation: Character is destiny. Except that in this case, the formulation isn’t coming from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus or from a minister preaching that “patience is a virtue” but from science, that most modern of popular religions.” tags: black white true false weekly marshmallow simple complex veltman/principles “Cool URLs don’t change.” “Assume that people won’t read the instructions.” tags: webdesign principals web design weekly How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze? – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society tags: toast food artisanal weekly “Language is fossil poetry” – Ralph Waldo Emerson h/t @gardnercampbell “The etymologist finds the deadest word to have been once a brilliant picture. Language is fossil poetry. As the limestone of the continent consists of infinite masses of the shells of animalcules, so language is made up of images or tropes, which now, in their secondary use, have long ceased to remind us of their […]