Concerning those new PISA scores!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2019

A full discussion next week:
Yesterday afternoon, we mentioned the release of the new PISA scores. We've decided to wait until next week, then stage a full discussion.

We were struck by what we read about the data in yesterday morning's Washington Post and New York Times. Then, we looked at the data ourselves.

We were even more struck by that.

28 comments:

  1. From yesterday. I hadn't seen Melania's coat, since I don't subscribe to WaPo. Here it is. https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/12/03/washington-post-criticizes-melania-trump-for-wearing-a-coat-in-winter/

    I think she looks terrific, as might be expected of a former top model.

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    1. The criticism is that Melania is wandering among her decorations tweaking things here and there (as if her staff didn't decorate properly) while wearing a coat. Who wears a coat indoors? Is this her house or not? She looked like a visitor, and a transient one at that since she didn't bother to take her coat off.

      She may look like a model, but she never looks like a relaxed happy human woman. She might as well be another ornament. That is sad.

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    2. I took it as a play on the First Lady doing what women everywhere do whenever someone else changes anything in their home. We tweak it. We’re generally the commander-in-chief of such things.

      I took it that FLOTUS is in her coat in order to enhance the icy Winter Wonderland theme of the decorations.

      But you do you...

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    3. When you "take it as" something you need to remember how much of that is coming from you and how much from her.

      And you didn't address the fact that she never smiles, never seems relaxed ever, and generally doesn't know how to communicate on a human level with people. Compare that video with what a different First Lady might have done, involving family around a tree drinking egg nog or some such, people greeting other people, not admiring cold as ice decorations, so cold she must wear a coat even though indoors. Cold, cold, so cold.

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    4. She should have worn her “I really don’t care do you?” jacket that she wore when she visited the border. That would have been extra special.

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    5. Right, 10:56 am. The vid is a veritable Ingmar Bergman film. No egg nog in sight. Not even Parson Brown. Just the detached wife forever adjusting the marzipan wreath on the gingerbread house in perfunctory rebuke of excreated underlings.

      And that’s not coming from me. Its coming from you. So it’s objective fact, or good enough for government work,..something.

      All of which explains our “ I don’t care, do you” coat.

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  2. I'll bet Somerby picks up on Kevin Drum's suggestions that the US Pisa scores aren't bad because we score better than half of Europe and the Asian tiger countries are cheating by selecting their sample, resulting in artificially high scores.

    Or maybe he will scold us for being happy while reading scores are going down. He could usefully discuss the impact of screen time on children's and adult's reading proficiency. Or he could discuss the content of the PISA and the fact that it doesn't align with the curriculum in American schools as well as in some other countries. Or maybe he will just go back and criticize that poor woman who wrote about Finland and had the misfortune to go to an Ivy League college, which put her on Somerby's shit list.

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  3. Anxiously awaiting Bob Somerby's month-long evisceration of "our tribe" vis a vis an uppity female college professor's use of the word "Barron" during the current congressional impeachment hearing.

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    1. Addend. Here is what Professor Karlen actually said:

      "The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility. So while the president can name his son Barron, he can't make him a baron."

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