Friday, October 07, 2005

Educational Researcher discovers hidden correlation

Press Release:

Researchers at the Department Of Official Weights And Probabilities (DooWap) have discovered a hitherto unknown correlation that is reported to finally shed some light on 30 years of school reform movements characterized by standardized testing initiatives.

The head researcher, Dr. I.M. Whackey stated, "We are so excited that the National Roundtable of Corporate CEO's funded us with this research grant. Through these corporate grants, we have been able to search far and wide and leave no stone unturned until we finally found what we were looking for. We have finally discovered the 'holy grail.' We have finally found a correlation between how well 13 year-olds bubble in answer sheets on a warm Friday afternoon in May...and how well the economy is performing. The CEO's are eagerly awaiting the presentation of our findings! They always knew there was a relationship!"

However, Dr. Whackey added, "The good news for the CEO's is that there is a relationship between standardized test scores and the world's greatest economies. The bad news for the CEO's who have been promoting standardized testing programs is that it is an inverse relationship."

He sighed, "The good news is that a few more years of improvement in our test scores and we will finally beat Japan in international comparisons, the bad news is that by then, our economy may look like theirs too."

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Quiz (Indiana Version) : How to tell if you are a recovering republican

Take the Indiana Quiz:

1. Did you vote for Governor Daniels? 1 point

2. Are you finding that on some issues he is in a different time zone than you? 1 point

3. Have you begun to have second thoughts about daylight savings time (DST) now that you know 19 counties have asked to be in a different time zone? 1 point

4. Did you attend a local hearing on closing your license branch (BMV)? Enough said. 2 points

5. Have you paid a visit to the new and improved and more efficient Bureau of Motor Vehicles, probably located in a different time zone now that YOUR branch was closed? 3 points

Note: True story. Recently we received three vehicle registration renewal forms in the mail at our house, along with a note that said they couldn't get our credit card to process. (It still works for everyone else.) One of the registrations we received in the mail was from a different Hoosier motorist, complete with HIS credit card information. (Doesn't that make you feel safe!) Three weeks later, after numerous phone calls to sort it out, we are still driving around on expired plates. The BMV clerk said, "We are so swamped and behind we are doing the best we can. Hopefully you'll get it, maybe next week."

As the Indy Star says in it's editorial, "You're doing a good job, Silvie."

(For non-politicos this is what President Bush said about Mike Brown, head of FEMA, two days before he fired him.) "You're doing a good job Brownie."

5. How do you like toll roads? That's what I thought. 2 points


8-10 points: You might be a recovering republican
5-7 points: You might just be a recovering voter.
0-5 points: You might just be recovering.

You're right. It's a rotten quiz. As long as you are from Indiana you could get 8 points and probably be a member of the Green Party. LOL

Next: the 12 step plan for recovering republicans

Carnival of Education Week 35

The Carnival of Education Week 35 will give you a taste of what's happening in the Education Blogosphere.

Take a walk on the midway.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

How to tell in 10 seconds or less if you are a recovering republican.

The last person shuffled slowly, head down, into to the dimly lit church basement and plopped into the last unoccupied metal folding chair in the semi-circle. Everyone present quietly acknowledged each other and waited for the leader to begin. Clearly his throat, the weekly leader began the meeting. "My name is Rush Limberger and I am a recovering republican." And so it continued around the circle.

The Super has recently discovered that there has been an alarming increase in this phenomenon occurring around the nation, and especially in Indiana. Therefore, the Super has developed a Galledup Poll that is based on an almost scientifically accurate survey of random voters. Using this poll, the Super has developed a proven 10- second method for determining if YOU are a recovering Republican. Coming soon, in a Reader's Digest near you...

Take the Quiz:

1. In the last year have you privately listened to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, and/or Glen Beck at least once a week? 3 points

2. In the last 3-6 months have you found your shaking hands switching over to NPR when your buddies were not in the car? (It's ok to admit it - you are safe here.) 3 points

3. Even though you don't agree with NPR politics, have you privately began to enjoy the thoughtful discourse instead of testosterone-infused yelling and screaming and cutting off guests on the phone lines? (Not to mention the mostly commercial free news and original programming.) 1 point

4. Have you started to wonder if there is a political party that really represents you? (It's ok to admit it - there are recovering democrats too.) 2 points

5. Have you started to wonder what would happen if a third party emerged, what would they be like? 1 point

If you scored:

8-10 points: You are clearly a recovering republican and you will need the 12-step plan for recovering republicans that will be unveiled here in due time.

5-7 points: You are a republican having second thoughts

0-5 points: Not sure what you are

In a few days, The Super will unveil the eagerly anticipated, Indiana-specific version of the 10 point survey. Stay tuned.