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  •  I have to reinforce that (3+ / 0-)
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    JanL, slatsg, itsbenj

    too many don't understand scientific method. Additionally, people whose agendas are not supported by what good science is telling them accurately, will go find a study that used lousy method, poorly interpreted data and left out key info.

    Part of the issue is how tough it is to get very strong scientific data in anything that involves human behavior. Not like hard science. The variables are difficult to account for, eliminate enough or even identify all.

    The phrase I hate :

    "We have to get the fat out of the budget."

    Since they have cut so many programs, it is getting harder to use (not that it will stop it completely). For decades when someone uses that analogy, I have pointed out that fat is essential to health. Yes, the bad ('pork') fats should be eliminated. When you take out the essential ones, the system gets very sick.

    On the business model.  An equation I like to keep in mind.              Productivity = efficiency + efficacy

    Business is fine with making efficiency a bigger part of the sum. That isn't all bad. As much of our jobs that can be done in 'mindless competence' frees up more time for the stuff that needs time, creative thinking, patience, etc.  Teaching, like health care, involves limits to mindless competence. To really do the job well and make the positive impact on hundreds of children, requires responding to them as individuals. Some aspects of learning and using knowledge, you can test for. Some you have to listen and watch to be able to identify. The wonderful teacher learning from the student part of teaching.

    Growing up in the Civil Rights movement, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste" became a critical concept for me. Every time I hear a very successful person praise a teacher (or several) that made the difference in their lives, it is bittersweet. Because I know that for every person who had that kind of experience, too many were missed in the process.

    Maslow's hierarchy of human needs leading to self actualization is what I would like to see used as a base for public policy in our society and education.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 02:31:50 PM PDT

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      itsbenj, Ginny in CO

      Excellent contribution.

      Unfortunately the focus has so intent on testing basic knowledge that higher order thinking are ignored. And treating students like machines is not conducive IMO to meeting more than the most basic needs of those students.

      A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

      by slatsg on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 08:17:28 PM PDT

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