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Are PISA scores really that important? | openDemocracy

Are PISA scores really that important? | openDemocracy | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Finding PISA sceptics proved easier than I expected.  A Huffington Post articleby Diane Ravitch, professor of education at New York University dismisses international test scores as worthless. While the US has never been first in the world, nor even near the top, on international tests, Ravitch claims it has done pretty well economically and in terms of scientific invention and business creativity - in fact better on many measures than any other nation. She bases these assertions partly on her own observations but more on a paper by Keith Baker, a retired researcher at the US Department of Education, entitled Are International Tests Worth Anything?

 
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For a few days now, I've been wondering about the relationship of a nation's Nobel Prize winners to PISA scores. I finally decided to ask the question in Google. Here's one hit: "Clearly the countries with the worst PISA scores are those with the most impressive Nobel record. Equally significant, the correlation between PISA performance and GDP per capita is, as both Baker and Chang suggest, rather weak (less than 0.5)."

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Playing Prokofiev Is a Pain: The Physical Toll of Being a Musician

Playing Prokofiev Is a Pain: The Physical Toll of Being a Musician | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
A new study from Australia finds working as an orchestral musician takes an intense physical toll.
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Considering the findings in the study, I wonder if substance abuse is also found in this population since pain is so common.

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s strange and fruitful life

For “Weird Al” Yankovic, life is certainly good. After 13 albums and 30 years in the business of musical satire, he’s just released the bestselling record of his career.

It’s not exactly what the 14-year-old Alfred Matthew, writing goofy ditties on the accordion in his Lynwood bedroom back in the mid-1970s, might have imagined.

 


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WATCH: Marching Band Turns Into Walking T. Rex, Eats Someone

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Michael Jackson's moonwalk re-enacted by a marching band? That's so last week.
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HowStuffWorks "10 Performance-enhancing Drugs That Aren't Steroids"

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The term 'performance-enhancing drug' doesn't just mean steroid anymore. Learn about these 10 performance-enhancing drugs that aren't steroids.
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