Thursday, March 08, 2012
I don’t get the Netflix thing. Why can’t they stream the same movies they send out on DVD? If I watch, say, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo on a DVD, and then watch it again via streaming, I notice two things. First, my will to live is shot. And second, it’s the same movie. I don’t know why it matters how the pixels get to my tv. They’re the same pixels. If they could stream all the movies they have on DVD, I’d happily sign back up. As it is, though, no.
The joys of disaggregating data: at my college, we used to get course completion rates broken out by race, and again by gender, but not by both. This year we’ve started getting each race broken out by gender, and the extra dimension is revealing. Last Fall, women in the “Latino” category (Latina?) outperformed the white guys in developmental math classes. Within each racial group, women outperformed men by about seven points. What used to look like a racial disparity is starting to look more like a race-and-gender issue.
If nothing else, the data may help fine-tune some interventions. And maybe dispel a few myths.
Podcasts are what radio should have been. Discuss.
Genes are stubborn. I don’t recall ever seeing my grandparents swim, or even hearing them mention it. My Mom wanted -- and still wants -- nothing to do with water. I never enjoyed actual swimming -- as opposed to just messing around in a pool on a hot day -- and dreaded lessons. Now The Girl is complaining about her swim lessons.
The “landlubber” gene is tenacious. That can’t be an entirely bad thing.
If this whole focus on graduation rates continues, I foresee a major grade inflation scandal in the next five years. You heard it here first.
Okay, I have to admit the ipad is getting pretty tempting. But the combination of “faster connectivity” and “sharper resolution” with “data caps” strikes me as a time bomb. I don’t want an episode of The Daily Show on Hulu to run me a couple hundred bucks in overage fees. And there’s still that “getting it back from the kids” problem...
If you found those data interesting, try splitting them further into (1) FTIC with placement into developmental classes, (2) FTIC going directly into college classes, and (3) transfers into your CC. Now look at success rates.
PS - I didn't hear it here first.
The folks at College Misery and many other bloggers have predicted massive grade inflation as the response to political pressure from state governments to turn colleges into what HS has become. You might already see it from your adjuncts and pre-tenure faculty trying to keep their ratings up.
So long as you watch your Daily Show clips on your iPad via wi-fi instead of the cell network, there's no chance of overage charges. I like my iPad2 much more than I expected to, and the price has just been cut by $100. I'm not quite so certain the premium for the newest iPad is worth it.
As an adjunct, I try to keep students' grades up while offering something more challenging than high school by building an elaborate safety net of scored in-class activities.
One eager Nimrod scored a 0 on the first paper required by the District (second semester requires three sourced papers) but, we realized, if he did all the busywork and scored 85% on the two remaining papers (one of which is worth 300 points), he would end the semester with a high B.
If I flunked half my students (as happened with the draft of this paper), I wouldn't be around next semester to collect my vast pay.
The rules need to change around copyright so that public domain starts to mean something again and ed use has a broader definition that extends beyond the physical classroom.
We have a massive issue with grade inflation here. (TX)
So you can still burn all your data, but at least you won't rack up hundreds of dollars of bills without explicitly approving them.
I don't think it's K-12. The most interesting study I read about this looked at new immigrants to see if their kids followed a particular path with regard to school. They found that the boys that integrated into white, afro-american, and hispanic peer groups performed poorly compared to those that integrated into asian groups regardless of the ethnicity of the child. The implication being that those groups that supported the kind of behavior that lead to success in school found that success and those that didn't, didn't.
There's also a socioeconomic status variable that's as powerful as the force of gravity according to many studies ( one example here - The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science November 2008 vol. 620 no. 1 90-114)
So if you're concerned about your boys doing well in school, make sure their friends are the kind that come from families that care about school. Be middle class or higher. Chances are, your son will do well.
(I also believe in banning videogames but have no evidence to back that up! I just think that when videogames replace reading, no good comes.)
Lack of male role models in the school system?
Around here, most elementary school teachers are female, and my high school has been hiring about 3/4 females for the last few years (we are a majority-female staff already).
What I can't figure out is why anybody, male or female, is not turned off by contemporary models of k-12 mass education. It has about as much intellectual value as a happy meal has nutritional value.
Re: ipad, first ask yourself if you touch type. If so, then try typing on a laptop screen. If I read an email on an ipad and need to reply, then I boot up my computer rather than fighting the iPad touch screen and auto-"correct" feature.
Your question prompted me to visit the literature and I pulled a study that shows that if you spend time on the internet (not gaming but doing social media type stuff) it improves reading levels but gaming does not. (Internet use, videogame playing and cell phone use as predictors of children’s body mass index (BMI), body weight, academic performance, and social and overall self-esteem. Jackson, Linda A.; von Eye, Alexander; et al Computers in Human Behavior, Jan2011, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p599-604) and there’s also the NEA study from 2004 which showed among other things that close to 20% of high school boys don’t read at all for fun while their time on-line and watching TV has increased.
We are good at the things practice. (This meta analysis agrees – people who read more are better at it - To Read or Not to Read: A Meta-Analysis of Print Exposure From Infancy to Early Adulthood. Mol, Suzanne E.; Bus, Adriana G.. Psychological Bulletin, Mar2011, Vol. 137 Issue 2, p267-296)
It’s great if you like gaming and love to read. But most kids don’t have the discipline and/or bandwidth to do both. As a parent, I don’t have to encourage gaming because my kids will choose to do it. Reading is one of those things on the life skills list so I remove distractions that might interfere with it.
I don't even live there anymore and still listen to it via smart phone.
What if males are just biologically not as good at reading et al? Or at least, become proficient more slowly (thus, redshirting)?
Or, more likely still, what if there are simply biological (or at least practical) limitations on how much skill one can develop in any given period of time, and we strongly encourage boys to develop physical skills and strongly encourage girls to develop reading skills? And then we're surprised when we take recess out of schools that boys don't do as well as they used to?
Anyways, schools are prisons. Different populations are going to go crazy in different ways in response to being punished for existing.
I have the landlubber gene, too!
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