Friday, February 11, 2011

Report Card failure

SFU Prof Donald Gutstein is expert on the Fraser Institute. It recently published the annual schools report card and Gutstein carves it into little pieces.  Read here.

The schools report is an example of "research" that starts with a conclusion - private education good, public education, not so good - and then massages the data to support the pre-conceived judgment. No person who examines the methodology gives the report card any credibility. Gutstein names eight distortions and other difficulties including:
The worst problem with the rankings is that they take little account of individual and family differences among schools, which include socio-economic status, race and ethnicity, gender, disability, ESL and school location.

Numerous studies done in the U.S. have found consistently that these factors account fully for school differences. In fact, poor public schools may even do better than wealthy private schools, when these factors are fully accounted for.

In Canada, a 2006 Statistics Canada study found that “higher income is almost always associated with better outcomes for children.”

Ignoring such key factors can lead to some bizarre results. . .
Britannia H.S. successes
A result like the one noted in a letter to editor by Vancouver Sun reader Noel Herron:
"If the perfect score The Fraser Institute awarded to a Bountiful elementary/secondary school in that repressive, polygamous community doesn't cast doubt on the legitimacy of its annual ranking of the province's schools, then what will?"

Not a Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy
Donald Gutstein, adjunct professor in the School of Communication and co-director of NewsWatch Canada explains how Canadians are being duped by a sophisticated, broad-ranging, and reactionary public-relations assault financed by some of North America’s largest corporations.
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  1. You might be interested in listening to this podcast. An interview with Donald Gutstein by Joseph Planta

  2. The BC public school system now has to buy carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust, along with the rest of the public services.

    This is to meet the policy of carbon neutrality.

    About $6 million was taken out of public schools in 2010. The money (our tax money) is used to help private companies, hotels for example, pay for emission-reducing projects.
    Great, huh.

  3. It is time to begin further investigation of Pacific Carbon Trust. Certain names reoccur when one begins to examine quasi government organizations and that struck me about PCT.

    British Columbia seems to have a black hole sucking in any public assets that come close.

  4. Taking a further and deeper look at the carbon trust you will see that there are partner companies that specialize in getting metered energy DIRECTLY from the IPO's and metered water DIRECTLY from those companies that will own the water that they will control as per the legislation that GORDO is secretly putting into law this month. Some of the partners are really interested in the welfare of the planet which is a great cover for those that may not be so caring of the planet but rather their own pocket.
    A question about BC Rail that I have not seen asked. Ponder this. Was BC Rail caught in "the middle" of the drug investigation or was it already there. Why did cabinet ministers resign yet GORDO seemed like he was not painted the same brush.

  5. Excellent point. As noted, fertile ground for examination isn't it.

    Regarding BCR, you mean other than as transporter?



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