Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Step by Step, Inch by Inch
Since I can’t solve the holes in Federal law locally, I’ll throw it out there. If we have to lose Ability to Benefit, can we at least keep the cost of the GED down?
However, the likening of the 'step by step' incremental changes to the classic Vaudeville routine is not apt. The sketch involves telling a story to a stranger after being triggered by a word (in the 3 Stooges case, "Niagara Falls"). The story invariably ends with the teller becoming so engrossed in the story that he ends up assaulting the listener (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yJBhzMWJCc).
which is complete with references. OK, Wiki messed up the sentence that tries to say which versions Abbott and Costello did, so nothing is perfect. BTW, the bit from their insane movie "Lost in a Harem" appears to not be available (copyright), but this TV version is
The genius of a bit like this is that the audience knows what is coming (watch the band in the Stooges version linked above) yet each does it a bit differently (the Stooges fight better than Costello but their story isn't as elaborate, while Lucy out-acts all of them).
My impression is that the current GED is easier than the HS exit exams in my state, based on a small sample of students I have advised or taught over the years. That argues for making it more challenging, especially since our state test isn't all that tough in math, but I'd love to hear what actual experts say about the reading and math level it tests now.
Can you infer what "cost disease" makes the test more expensive when you replace paper with a computer? Shouldn't it be cheaper? Or are they recovering all of their development costs up front in fees and then turning it into profit when the costs have been recovered?
Also, the next time an alumni asks you what they should donate to, tell them about your new endowment fund to cover GED fees for students who took prep courses at your CC