British students can no longer read a clock

Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said. Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analogue clock. Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary…

Taleb doesn’t like professors, can’t say I blame him

6) The educational model is now imploding as the only thing people seem to learn at colleges is ideology by losers who became professors because they aren't good enough to create things & got together to BS in a citation ring #RentSeekers (not just in economics, but everywhere) — Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) April 26,…

Many of our analyses are probably based on crappy data

This thought crossed my mind once again when I read this passage from India: A Portrait (p. 118): The politician Harold Cox, who had taught mathematics at Aligargh Muslim University, was once advised by a judge in India: “Cox, when you are a bit older, you will not quote Indian statistics with that assurance. The…

Good quote about faculty work

A prerequisite for a successful scientific career is an enthusiastic willingness to pore through the minutiae of subjects that 99.9 percent of Earth’s population find screamingly dull. The Wizard and the Prophet, p. 148.

How to deal with academic fascists: revoke their financial aid

This is pretty funny: When a group of New York University students began occupying the staircase of a campus building last week, they initially planned to stay indefinitely, or at least until their demand for a meeting with the school’s board of trustees was granted. Instead, the students departed within forty hours, after the university…

ISM and IHE meeting

Just spent last week with some colleagues from the Institute of Statistical Mathematics. We were hosted by the Institute of Higher Education in Athens, due to their recent signing of an MOU with ISM. I’ve been involved with some projects with the ISM folks, and we met to discuss collaborative research projects on faculty productivity…

Become a What Works Clearinghouse reviewer

Have you ever wanted to become a What Works Clearinghouse Certified Reviewer? Now is your chance! The WWC has launched online training and certification for Version 4.0 of Group Design Standards to make it easier to become a certified reviewer. The online training consists of a series of nine modules led by an experienced WWC instructor. The content is the same that we…

New workshop on field experiments

We’re pleased to announce a new workshop in our schedule: Introduction to experimental methods in the social & behavioral sciences (May 3rd, 12-4 PM EST, $175) http://www.percontor.org/upcoming-workshop/experimental-methods-social-behavioral-sciences/ During the past decade, experiments in the social and behavioral sciences have gained in popularity as the internet has made implementing experiments easier, cheaper, and faster.  However, although…

IES Cluster-Randomized Trials Summer Institute

I did this several years ago, it was a great experience: Northwestern University, with a grant from the National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, is providing support for the 2018 Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials. The tenth Summer Training Institute’s…