“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.”
A Fun-Stopia for Today’s Busy Citizen — The Message — Medium “Most people I ask seem to be OK with the idea of a little slavery in exchange for happiness-on-demand.” tags: weekly circle vcu technology dystopia lego Science Studio “Finding the best multimedia about science on the internet, so you don’t have to.” –not that I’m adverse to looking but this is an interesting collection tags: science media weekly tweet Letters and Photos – WINDOWS FROM PRISON GMU “If you could have window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?” This question is asked to individuals who are from Washington, DC but sent to prisons across the country. The corresponding photo requests were then fulfilled by students at George Mason University and Duke Ellington High School and mailed back to the incarcerated participants. tags: photography prison windows weekly tweet A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather. “ tags: cyberspace declaration barlow eff freedom weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
The University of Richmond and a few other community groups organized a free viewing of the movie and then hosted a “courageous community conversation” following the movieIn case you were in my group, I was the guy that people started moving away from once I denounced the “Every kid can learn” guy. I was not the guy quoting Gladwell. Since I was haranguing people in person last night, I figured the least I could do was extend my efforts to the Internet. In case you haven’t seen it,Waiting for Superman is a long infomercial for charter schools. I would encourage watching it if- you love when things are simplified and polarized for maximum controversy you are looking for clips to use in your own charter school infomercial you want some stats to throw around in conversations The two options the movie gives are staying with union-based failing public schools or going to magical charter schools which guarantee successApparently, because they work so much harder and really believe every student can learn.. The fact that we have many “failure factories” in non-union states is ignored. There is no mention of any charter schools failing. I went into this figuring that even if the movie sucked, it would at least get people talking about education. I was mistaken. This movie simply provides […]
Presentation Zen: Can (and should) scientists become great presenters? “”People can only learn something new if they can relate it to something they already know. That’s the only way.” “When people like you [scientists & PhD students] talk about their research, half of the time even your peers don’t understand what the hell you are talking about, and when they do understand they find it boring. That’s the sad truth.” “Scientists cannot communicate very well with non-scientists, but in fact they cannot communicate well with other scientists either.” “If you are a PhD student, a post-Doc, or even a professor, where have you been all your life? In School! And school is the worst place where you could possibly learn communication.” “You see the problem here. We are learning to communicate by explaining things to people [professors] who all ready know [the material]. What kind of learning experience is that? It’s the wrong approach…..on top of that the purpose is being graded, which means we have to prove to those people grading us how clever we are.” “Find a simple way to explain something complex.”” tags: presentation zen scientists educators communication learning itrt weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.