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Pithy Quotes Can be Considered as Very Short Stories

I think of a pithy quote as a very short story. Such a short story can capture an important idea in a very few words, and such quotes tend to remain "fresh" over many years—and even over the centuries.

I have created two personal collections of such quotes for the IAE-pedia. See my general quotes at http://iae-pedia.org/Quotations_Collected_by_David_Moursund and my math education quotes at http://iae-pedia.org/Math_Education_Quotations. [These collections were revised and updated in March 2013.]

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Using a Spell Checker When Taking a Test

I can still remember when I was taking English Composition as a freshman at the University of Oregon. We often had in-class writing tests. My spelling abilities were not very good. I would compose a sentence in my head, check to see if I could spell all of the words, and edit the sentence so that it avoided words I could not spell.

Many years later my quality of life was much improved by spell checkers becoming available on the computers I used.

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A Questionable Approach to Improving Education by Failing More Students

 

One of my favorite quotes is:

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SAT Scores: A Few Numbers Don’t Tell Us Enough. A Person Is More than a Number

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable. (Richard Buckminster Fuller; American engineer, author, designer, inventor, and futurist; 1895–1983.)

The College Board SAT scores for 2010 were released today. See http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat/cb-seniors-2010. In very brief summary, “There’s nothing worth writing home about.” Tables in the report give results on Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing for each of the years 2006–2010. Data is also given on Critical Reading and Mathematics going back to 1972. (Writing became a part of the SAT in 2006).

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Setting Unreasonable Standards in Student Assessment

As you know, it is easy to construct a test that most students will fail. Or, for a test that already exists, it is easy to adjust the passing mark so that many students will fail.

I am on the Distribution List for the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The following is quoted from a 9/13/2010 posting to this list:

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