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  •  Gates has a knack for (22+ / 0-)

    only getting part of the picture and then blinding himself to other possibilities.  This seems like part of the same thing.  When he comes to the right conclusion he does good work, but when he doesn't, it's absurdly difficult to dissuade him.

    "The first rule of pillow fight club is do not talk about pillow fight club." --Keith Olbermann

    by Julie Waters on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 03:31:18 AM PST

    •  Sometimes not even part of the picture n/t (9+ / 0-)

      Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

      by LWelsch on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 03:37:54 AM PST

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    •  He should stick to eliminating malaria. (7+ / 0-)

      “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”, Theodore Roosevelt

      by the fan man on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 04:18:36 AM PST

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    •  That's the "80:20 Rule." (3+ / 0-)
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      "You can get 80% of what you need to know in 20% of the time."

      Dangerous temptation, that.

      But here he is accurate:

      -- Compared with the countries that outperform us in education, we do very little to measure, develop and reward excellent teaching.

      -- The United States spends $50 billion a year on automatic salary increases based on teacher seniority. It's reasonable to suppose that teachers who have served longer are more effective, but the evidence says that's not true. After the first few years, seniority seems to have no effect on student achievement.

      -- Another standard feature of school budgets is a bump in pay for advanced degrees. Such raises have almost no impact on achievement, but every year they cost $15 billion that would help students more if spent in other ways.

      Betcha that reallocation of $65-billion would go leagues to reward competence and attract better/smarter teachers for math and science (which are the worst served subject areas.)

      How's about setting the cut-offs for math and science at 50th-percentile marks for the qualifying cert tests ?????

      •  How about recognizing (0+ / 0-)

        that the ability to communicate about math, and the ability to recognize where the snags are in a student's thinking when the student is confused, and the ability to set up teaching problems that set the student up to grasp and articulate a particular concept, and many other skills involved in TEACHING math, are every bit as important as whatever level of math test-taking expertise you believe math teachers need to have?

        Mathematicians need to be experts at math to do their jobs well. Math teachers need to be experts at TEACHING math to do their jobs well.

        I have never taken a calculus course, but I am very highly skilled at teaching middle school math. It isn't how much math you know, it's how well you can help your students understand math.

        "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

        by NWTerriD on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 01:37:58 AM PST

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    •  Vista!! NT (0+ / 0-)

      Will the revolution be easier if we HR each other a lot?

      by JesseCW on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 11:12:35 AM PST

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