Category: Education

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences 2

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences

I’ve used this quote more than once here: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Sometimes people manipulate statistics to deceive. Statistics are used to get you to give money to shady charities, invest in faulty opportunities, or convince you that what you’re fighting for is...

Elliot Jay Stocks’ Nagging Apostrophe 1

Elliot Jay Stocks’ Nagging Apostrophe

Web designer/developer Elliot Jay Stocks wants you to get it right, when dealing with “its” and “it’s”. Due to my own love for grammar, I’m pointing you there: Without any shadow of a doubt, the biggest number of mistakes I see online centre around the use of “its” and “it’s”...

Ridiculous Life Lessons From New Girl Games 0

Ridiculous Life Lessons From New Girl Games

From the Wired blogs: Some parents worry that videogames might cause their children to become violent and antisocial, but what if the opposite were true? What if games could make kids exceedingly likable and fashionable? A wave of new games for tween girls seeks to do just that, serving up...

LA Teacher Protest 0

LA Teacher Protest

The L.A. Unified School District is facing a huge budget shortfall – $718 million, to be exact – and they’re looking at the possibility of laying off nearly 9,000 workers. It’s really a horrible situation for students, teachers, parents, and everyone else. But the response of the teachers seems a...

Prelude to Real Education Ch. 3 0

Prelude to Real Education Ch. 3

Last night I was sitting down to (finally) pen my comments on chapter three of Charles Murray’s Real Education – “Too many people are going to college” – when i found out that President Obama had upped the ante. I heard patches of the speech on the radio, but I...

Information Literacy: Education for the Future 3

Information Literacy: Education for the Future

Well, it was 15 years ago. Last week I was reading an issue of a higher education journal from 1992 about “Information Literacy”. In the days leading up to the internet’s launch into mainstream life, these writers were discussing the future of the library and the librarian in post-secondary education....