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  •  Nice catch MissLaura (2+ / 0-)
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    qofdisks, Odysseus

    There's a whole chapter of the excellent book Freakanomics devoted to ferreting out cheating in Chicago public schools, with the same larger point about people responding to incentives.

    It's high time teachers started getting treated as professionals along the lines of "we expect you to do the best you can with the crop you have, here's the curriculum, now go out an teach."

    Unlike healthcare, setting centralized standards for education doesn't tend to work very well.

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