Test Scores, Profits, and Page Views are Measurements, Not Primary Goals
I’m a little disturbed by at least a couple of news story themes that I’ve heard recently: “Can Eliminating [X program] Improve Test Scores?” and “Students to be Moved to Schools to Improve [the school’s] Test Scores.” The former concept sounds like a fishing expedition to find a way to take money from “non-essential” programs. […]
College grads make a million dollars more in their lifetime? Statistics and false correlation.
Post hoc ergo propter hoc – “false cause” fallacy. This topic has been written about fairly recently: (See Forbes: The College Hoax). However, it has really started to irk me because of the 268collegenow.bs commercials on cable TV quoting this erroneous statistic. Some cause for concern: The number is not a comparison of lifetime earnings […]
Carpooling is not part of a solution because it serves no ones’ “special interests”
I wrote my congressperson, naïvely thinking that a “Washington outsider” Democratic representative would be open to any options which led to a greater fuel economy (higher passenger miles per gallon) and less energy usage. My proposal: expand creation of HOV lanes, basically mandating 1 HOV anywhere that at least 3 lanes of limited-access highway existed. […]