There will be many stories about New Orleans coming soon as we approach the 10 year anniversary of Katrina. It’s an anniversary, but hardly anything to celebrate. We should not celebrate the perceived improvement in our school system since it was taken over by the RSD. I encourage people to look very hard at the Recovery School District since it was the reform. Ask them about each and ever child who has been educated in the RSD over the last 10 years. The state has the ability to track student ID information and they know if those specific students are doing better or not. Yet, they tend to come up with wild ways of talking about gains and improvement. Researchers are talking about their data twins, but no the very students in the reforms. It should make you all wonder why is it that the proponents of the takeover in New Orleans talk more about schools (buildings) than children. “Fewer failing schools” they say, but what happened to the students who lower performance caused them to fail and drop out. I guess as according to Dr. Charles Hatfield’s report, large numbers of them have “left the state or country.” Stay tuned, lots more to come from New Orleans.
We have often heard that Mark Twain said that there are “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” I checked with Wikipedia, and it turns out that this phrase has many fathers. For example, says Wikipedia:
Mark Twain popularized the saying in Chapters from My Autobiography, published in the North American Review in 1906. “Figures often beguile me,” he wrote, “particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.'”
But there are other claimants to the phrase, as the article notes, including one who ranked false statements as “a fib, a lie, and statistics.” A variation on this phrase is: “simple liars, damned liars, and experts.”
And then we come to the “New Orleans Miracle.” According to recent research, test scores have improved dramatically since…
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