Malcolm Gladwell is a best-selling author who has a great podcast called "Revisionist History". He has six seasons of the podcast available and I encourage you to go and listen to every episode...they are eclectic and good.
I listened to the episode entitled "Lord of the Rankings" last week. In the episode, Malcolm explores TheUS News And World Report rankings for colleges. I found it interesting that The US News And World Report started ranking colleges, high schools, hospitals, and tons of other things as a means to stay alive in their business. They have no expertise in any area they are ranking.
The absurdity of the rankings becomes very evident as Malcolm and a team of statisticians unpack the college rankings. The difference between a high ranking and a low ranking often comes down to a "reputation" score. This score is determined by asking college presidents to rank schools based on reputation. Other than the fact that it has created a cottage industry of one college president sending other college president gifts to help boost their own score, the very fact of the matter is that the reputation score is TOTALLY SUBJECTIVE!
I have always felt strongly that ranking high schools is a subjective undertaking as well. We all know that to boost a school's ranking all you have to do is add some AP courses to your course catalog. You don't necessarily have to offer the classes, just have them as an option. It's just absurd. The idea of ranking schools because one thinks you can "control" for all of the variables that hundreds of kids bring into your school on any given day is just hubris. It's also damaging for kids...but that is a discussion for another time.
Listen to this podcast (and the follow-up episode where Malcolm figures out how to raise the ranking of Dillard College)..it is really good
I was thinking of statistics the other day...probably as a result of the podcast mentioned above. Here is something that I find interesting.
The chance of a student being shot to death in the United States in a school shooting is 1-614,000,000 (based on data from 2018). For context, the chance of winning the Powerball lottery is 1-292,000,000
We spend millions of dollars on school resource officers... Because 1 student death is 1 too many.
We spend millions of dollars on school security cameras to monitor students... Because 1 student death is 1 too many.
We have curbed the "freedom", "liberty", and access of parents into schools through school safety and lockdown procedures... Because 1 student death is 1 too many.
So can we say about COVID: And yet...
We require students and staff to wear a mask in school... Because 1 student death is 1 too many.
What is your acceptable "chance" for COVID deaths in your school before you recommend a mask?
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Food For Thought Subscribing to cars like you subscribe to Netflix
In the next 5 years, there will be more than 300 new electric vehicle models introduced in the world. Most of these cars will be more like technology platforms than cars. Volvo expects that 50% of its revenue will come from subscription-like services by 2025.
So, are you ready for the future where you subscribe to a car much like you do your cell phone plan?