Category Archives: Education

Failing to repay

As university educations become impossibly expensive for ordinary people, Gary North advises, “Here is a general rule. Any barrier to entry into any field that cannot be legally penetrated by means of a competitive examination is there for only one reason: … Continue reading

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Stick it in

We recently drew attention to the UKAS customer satisfaction survey.  What a fantastic organization!…think those who bothered to return the questionnaires.  Do their own customers rate them so highly?  Did they rate them lower before they were accredited? Doug Powell … Continue reading

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The End of Average: How to Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

Another argument against the standardised assessment of humans.  The authors deal with Taylorism but not ISOism, which has not yet entered the decline it deserves.  Maybe there’ll be a sequel. The End of Average: How to Succeed in a World … Continue reading

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Academics in Italy have boycotted assessment

Academics in Italy have boycotted assessment. What has it achieved? Many Italians have refused to take part in the country’s research assessment exercise. Alberto Baccini and Giuseppe De Nicolao consider the protest’s impact …one thing is clear: active academic resistance to … Continue reading

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External peer review of university standards must continue, says QAA

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) applies ISO 9000-style inspection to universities.  Various authors have explored links of this approach to the corruption of ethical and academic standards at British universities. Try these: Stone M, Starkey M. The possible … Continue reading

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A Visual Study Guide To Cognitive Biases

Here’s a beautiful graphical guide to cognitive biases: See if you can count how many biases apply in those that have taken ISO management accreditation at face value. Set this task as a project for your students!

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Anyone going Galt?

Medscape asks if US physicians are considering going Galt over the plans for Obamacare. The poll shows many are. Poll Results   Dr. Hendricks’ quotes from Atlas Shrugged paint A valid representation of the course our society is on, which the … Continue reading

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Systems or brains?

The inspectors think that assuring the management system is ISO-compliant will assure the output quality.  However, John Seddon’s evidence says, “- in most systems, as much as 95% of performance can be attributed to the system (the design and management … Continue reading

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Teachers boycott inspectors – chaos or continuous improvement?

Teachers are finding the courage to reject government inspectors: Ofsted ‘to be barred from classroom’ in teacher protest School inspections in England could be thrown into chaos after teachers threatened to boycott Ofsted. The official education watchdog faces being locked … Continue reading

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The Webbs on the standardisation movement

Here’s what the Webbs had to say about how the standards movement fitted into their plans for A constitution for the socialist commonwealth of Great Britain (1920). It renders people “nominally free” but “virtually compelled” – praised as “expert control” without “democratic control”. … Continue reading

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