Why it matters that ‘experts’ are poor predictors in education

Experts are poor predictors of the future, says Larry Cuban, a former high school social studies teacher, district superintendent, and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, for the Washington Post. In one study, college counselors were given information about a group of high-school students and asked to predict their freshman grades in college. The counselors had access to test scores, grades, the results of personality and vocational tests, and personal statements from the students, whom they were also permitted to interview. Predictions that were produced by a formula using just test scores and grades were more accurate. In another study, “data from a test used to diagnose brain damage were given to a group of clinical psychologists and their secretaries. The psychologists’ diagnoses were no better than the secretaries’.”

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Companies turn to social media for grant-giving

Companies are increasingly using social networking sites as a means of determining grant winners.
Companies are increasingly using social networking sites as a means of determining grant winners.

As celebrities, politicians, and students alike increasingly use social media to stay connected, education experts say they have noticed a growing number of companies turning to social media to determine grant award winners.

And education is not alone. Sherrie A. Madia, director of communications for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, said the notion of using social media for social good is growing across all industries.

“In part, this trend is growing as companies see for themselves what ‘doing well and doing good’ can do for their brand, and social media is often the best means of promoting community outreach, based on its inherent ability to reach communities in new and more personal ways,” said Madia, who is the author of The Social Media Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Business Exponentially with Social Media.…Read More