Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Thought for the Day

"Did the group doing the study contain both believers and nonbelievers?

One of the few things that is usually true in the study of education goes something like this:

1) Innovative methods OFTEN work well in the hands of the innovators.

2) Innovations SOMETIMES work well at large.

3) Studies of how the innovation works done by the innovators ALWAYS report that it works great."


Anonymous said...

4. If results are flat, then blame the outcome on lack of teacher support.

5. Never publish anything negative.

6. Only select over-achievers for your studies and anyone that drops out of the study doesn't count.

7. Persons can be subtracted from the study for a variety of reasons, including low performance.

8. When in doubt about your results, aim high and always say something good about the curriculum.

9. Pay off the editors, before you submit your study. Then they won't have to read what you wrote.

Anonymous said...

Merlin's rules

Only teach a unit and supplement the rest with prentice hall worksheets.

Better yet, teach unit 1 and then supplement the rest.

Always do your evaluations at the end of the year when everyone has forgotten about the 'nightmare'

Ignore the editor when he calls you a mental midget.

Just tell parents this curriculum came highly recommended by the DOE who said it was promising and exemplary. Whatever that means.

Tell parents that test scores don't really matter, its meant to ferret out bad teachers.

Don't we love the math-reform movement. Its like looking at an elephant's bum.