Category Archives: Education

When Campbell’s Law Collides with COVID-19

For those who aren’t familiar with Campbell’s Law: “The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the … Continue reading

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What Normal-ish Means, Especially for D.C. Schools

One point some asshole with a blog Twitter feed routinely makes is that, if we could lower the prevalence of COVID-19 in D.C. to lower levels, we could return to normal-ish activities. So what does that mean? What we want … Continue reading

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We Should Reset, and How It Should Work

With only around ten U.S. states that are below the German shutdown threshold of 50 cases per week per 100,000 people (a one-week prevalence of 0.05%), and only one state, Vermont, that is below 0.01%* as of Tuesday, it’s clear … Continue reading

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Schools and Superspreading

One thing that is going to make keeping schools open much harder is the phenomenon of superspreading. The spread of COVID-19 appears to be largely driven by a small number of people who result in most of the infections. So … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in the District

While this is a D.C.-focused post, there are some general issues about COVID-19 that can be gleaned from digging into how D.C. is doing regarding COVID-19 (and it never hurts to look at data!). The good news–very good news–is that, … Continue reading

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Prevalence and Opening Schools

I’ve been making the point repeatedly that, for life to return to normal(-ish), we must lower the prevalence of people infected with COVID-19 because the best way to not get infected is to have very rare or no contact with … Continue reading

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School ‘Reopening’ Won’t Solve the Schools-As-Daycare Problem

If Fairfax County and Arlington County in Virginia are any indication, I think many parents are going to be in for a rude awakening when school ‘resumes’ in September. I put resume in scare quotes because having classes two days … Continue reading

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What Defunding Looks Like: The Community College Edition

Recently, some asshole with a blog noted this about the whole defunding kerfuffle: …when teachers have to go on statewide strikes to get better wages and living conditions, there’s the capacity to cut things, when we want to do so. … Continue reading

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Bloomberg and How the Teachers’ Revolt Was Disappeared Down the Memory Hole

It’s always an interesting exercise to see what gets disappeared down the memory hole. Less than two years ago, in state after state, blue, purple, and red, teachers shut down state capitols and forced serious concessions. Yet now, Democratic-aligned pundits, … Continue reading

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‘Coding’, Coding, and Biologists

Saturday, I reupped a piece about coding and biologists, which seemed to make a lot of people upset. I’ll attribute that to ‘instructor error’ on my part, since I obviously wasn’t clear what I meant (people still might disagree, of … Continue reading

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