The following is my tirade, a not-so-trenchant comment on Seattle Education blog’s analysis of Charter School Bill 1240 and the 0.01%. Continue reading
My comment on Nine secrets you should have been taught as part of your undergraduate statistics degree via StatsLife follows.
Since you asked, I have a few additional suggestions.
For statistics students
Even if your interest is in mathematical statistics, do take at least one course in observational methods. Statistics for sociologists might seem tedious; it did to me! It is sufficiently different, e.g. Chi-squared, SPSS, that you’ll be happily surprised you had some exposure to it, even years later.
Secret 6 of 9 is excellent advice. Statistics and probability theory give you a cabinet of analytic tools. In the workplace, you’ll have the freedom
and the responsibility to decide which inference test or model is best, given the problem and available data. It is fun and exciting!
While reading that entry from the Opinion section of StatsLife, a pleasingly casual publication of The Royal Statistical Society, I noticed that it referenced another helpful list, 10 Secrets You Should Have Learned with Your Software Engineering Degree – But Probably Didn’t. Given the spirited and seemingly interminable debate about NoSQL versus traditional relational database management systems, I found Secret 5 of Software Engineering amusing and ironic. Continue reading
Oh noooo! Regarding K-12 education, Mrs. Obama recently said,
Three words you are going to hear me say a lot over the next three years: grit, resilience, courage.
The horrific Angela Duckworth and her supporters’ distorted usage of the word, GRIT is everywhere. The Duckworth has even gotten to Mrs. Obama. An otherwise harmless word has been co-opted and politicized in the interest of indoctrination, charter schools and privatization. Or Marxism. Some say all of the above, and they might be right.
Traversing the stations of privilege
The Duckworth is Martin Seligman’s wunderkind. Martin Seligman, PhD, professor, Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, is a former chair of the American Psychological Association. Unlike every other applicant to the PhD program in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, EVER, she was allowed to apply months after the deadline, and accepted, with gratitude! I would like to know how anyone could have accomplished all of the following, by the age of 28,
- worked for two years as a management consultant for Booz Allen; recall that they were Ed Snowden’s former employer,
- worked for two years at an unspecified hedge fund in an unspecified capacity,
- been a mathematics teacher for three years, and possibly founded a school, according to some effusive accounts,
- was a Big Sister, worked for the homeless, the elderly (it was the “epicenter” of her focus while at Harvard, consuming 35 hours each week) AND
- attended Oxford, graduating with a master’s degree in neuroscience.
That was why she couldn’t apply to the University of Pennsylvania on time, you see. Continue reading
This post is mostly about my thoughts regarding MOOCs and open access publishing, followed by very brief ruminations on the peer review process used by scholarly journals.
Regarding MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES
On Much ado about MOOCs (March 2013) via the Ellucian Higher Education blog,
Since you asked: MOOCs have caught the public’s eye. They are a facile response to greater underlying problems. Online classes and degree programs aren’t new. MIT has offered free online courses for five years, a few live, most recorded. I don’t see any substantive difference between Coursera et. al. and videotaped MIT electrical engineering classes, other than that the former are trendy. Interactive online learning web apps have been available for years from the University of Texas.
Open access to faculty research, published as articles in scholarly journals, is very important. It is of interest to a fraction of the population compared to MOOCs. So MOOCs get disproportionate attention, for now.
About open access
I love having access to the National Library of Medicine! I wish I could read Nature and Communications of the ACM articles too. arXiv and SSRN are pre-print services, which I appreciate, while remembering that content hasn’t been peer-reviewed. Some is great, some never makes it out of arXiv.
The peer review process is essential to maintain quality. Everyone wants to publish. Everyone wants to be an author too, and that’s why there are so many awful self-published novels for sale on Amazon.com. Open access for scholarly journal articles must not be implemented such that quality is diluted.