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“The Future Will Turn Out Alright”: Hope, Opportunity, and Norwegian Vocational Schools

July 30, 2016 by


What makes a good school?  A good school system?  A good society?  Recently, my wife and I traveled to Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, and I came back both heartened and saddened.  The more I learned about education in those countries—particularly in Norway—the more I got to thinking about our own system of education.  Of course, you start by […]

The Macroscope

May 24, 2015 by


As a public school teacher, I frequently feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information I receive. I get data about student performance, about equity measures, about student’s lives and about parent’s aspirations. Yet at some point during my graduate coursework I started to rethink how I approached exactly what value I was getting from […]

A “New Data Epistemology”

May 17, 2015 by


Does visualizing data change the way you think about that data?  I believe it does.  But so does what data we are collecting in the first place.  This will be a lengthy post.  But stick with it.  In the end, I hope to propose what I term the “new data epistemology.”  It is something I […]

Data visualization and educational efficiency

January 12, 2013 by


Can data visualization be used in the classroom? I recently stumbled on some research suggesting that presenting information visually may have significant benefits over text-based materials. The BBC reports that interpreting visual data requires fewer cognitive resources than reading texts. The results showed that when tasks were presented visually rather than using traditional text-based software […]

Using statistics to lie, and why democracy needs statistical literacy

August 3, 2012 by


I have often argued that we should encourage more statistical literacy in school and society in general.  This is not just because I am a statistics nerd.  Statistics is a language just like English; you can use it to describe the world, to clarify and the generalize.  You can also use it to lie or […]


July 6, 2012 by


I am a busy person these days.  I have been teaching at a San Antonio community college and will be moving next semester to teaching High School Algebra I.  Also, among other things, I have been researching education data for a national nonprofit. During this project, I needed to simplify some visualizations.  Not dumb down, […]

Using data visualization for educational reform

October 31, 2011 by


I recently wrote a brief post suggesting that data visualization may, in fact, have a place in education. I think a recent find from BYU may be able to elucidate this point further. David Wiley, a Professor at Brigham Young, suggests that teachers may want to visualize test grades in an easily understandable form using a new […]