Decision Analytics and Teacher Qualifications

Disclaimers: This a post about statistics versus decision analytics, not a prescription for improving the educational system in the United States (or anywhere else, for that matter). tl;dr. The genesis of today’s post is a blog entry I read on Spartan Ideas titled “Is Michigan Turning Away Good Teachers?” (Spartan Ideas is a “metablog”, curated …

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Help wanted

Last week we held our annual Teacher and Administrator Recruitment Fair at Spartan Stadium, and once again, we hosted over 130 school districts from around the world who came to recruit graduates of the Michigan State University College of Education.  Before our graduates arrived, I visited the fair and talked to recruiters from around the …

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Teacher bashing 101

The New York Times has published an op-ed column titled “How I helped teachers cheat.”  It was written by Dave Tomar, a self-professed “academic ghostwriter,” whose job was to work for an online custom paper mill.  Students would contact the website with an assignment, and they would receive a response with a price to complete the paper.  Mr. Tomar …

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