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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 […]

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 […]

Visualizing a Public Good

March 25, 2011 by


Have you ever been waiting for a bus for half an hour, only for two half-filled buses of the same route to roll up to your stop? Known as bus bunching, this can be an incredibly annoying experience, especially if you see many buses pass by in the opposite direction while you’re waiting. Luckily for […]