Comparing average temperatures from around the world is useful if you want to compare this single attribute. It works because you are comparing a single entity across a large sample size.
However, if you want to compare a particular student’s achievement against an average student, this is NOT very useful. Most importantly because of the complexity that makes up success. And because of this complexity, I argue that there really is no ‘average student’. Take a look at the chart to the right as an example. Comparing a single measure like knowledge or reading doesn’t take into account the entire learning profile. Each student is unique — each one with strengths and challenges.
The complex world of learning can’t be quantified by a simple average. There are think-tanks and critics who are quick to jump to a single measure to find a story that says we’re not succeeding or using a measure to compare one school against another. They use singular events like a one time FSA score or a provincial exam grade to compare students or schools against each other to make an argument about our educational demise.
Sounds like a nice idea if we had great weather 365.
I was actually asked this question during an interview a few years ago. At first, I wasn’t sure where to go with it. What did he mean ‘schools without walls’? What’s holding up the roof? What was he really asking me?
Being a southpaw, I loved writing this particular post. I had a smile on my face the entire time, so be warned — I’m riding a wave of superiority at the moment.
As great as left-handed people are — we have suffered in silence for a very long time. While we make up about 10% of the general population the world has been constructed for ‘righties’. We have had a rough ride:
Scissors — Just try using your left hand. Go ahead and try — I dare you;
Door knobs — made to turn to the right which is physiologically easier for righties;
Automobile manual transmission gear shifts — unless you’re in England, Australia or a small number of other places;
3-Ring Binders — impossible for lefties to write on the right side of the rings where most lined paper is designed because our wrist is actually hooked when we write;
Ball-point pens — don’t work well for lefties because we push the pen rather than pull it;
Computer keyboard number pad — always on the right side;