Ignorance of Laws Is No Excuse

The Treehorn Express

….on behalf of kids. …against the nasty prejudices of testucating, inexperienced, indifferent dyslexics.

“Ignorance of the Laws is No Excuse.”

Schools are institutions that have been established as happy, secure places for young children to maximize their creative intelligence. Right? They encourage the pupils within to reach any goal that they want to reach, unhindered and at the pace of the learner. Learning how-to-learn-skills and a quest for excellence in all life-skills are built into each child’s psyche through the natural desire to learn at each one’s level of cope-ability . Learning is a pleasureable pursuit and a happy adventure for all .

Well, they are supposed to be. BUT! The 21st century style of schooling has ignored too many fundamental laws. Such lack of knowledge is hardly an excuse for expert, professionally active, learning transmitters in schools. Each of us should know more about these laws, whether we are a rookie in our first year of teaching or a redundant, geriatric has-been, as I am. Agree?

Lets check :

CAMPBELL’S LAW : The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be open to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social pressures it is intended to measure.

GOODHART’S LAW : When a measure becomes a target it ceases to become a good measure. [Any observed statistical regularity will tend to collapse once pressure is placed upon it for control purposes.]

McNamara’s Law : Decisions based on quantitative variables and ignoring all other variables, are artificial and misleading.
[ They usually 1. Measure only whatever can be easily measured. 2. Disregard that which can’t be measured 3. Presume that which can’t be measured easily, isn’t important.] 4. What can’t be easily measured doesn’t exist.]

Settledge’s Definition of Mark, Score or Grading: An inaccurate report of an inaccurate judgement by a biased and variable judge of the extent to which an undefined level of mastery of unknown proportions of an inadequate mount of material has been completed.

Lucas Critique: If we wish to predict the effects of an educational policy change, we should first model the deeper parameters, the micro-foundations of learning.


Standardised Blanket Testing: A dysfunctional offspring of an unhappy liaison between megalomaniacal greed and crazed testucating politics. Disruptive and depressing as a learning teaching/device.



Ignorance of such reliable, empirical laws is no excuse. We should know better. Their infallibility is unquestionable.

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Phil Cullen [….for kids] 41 Cominan Avenue, Banora Point Australia 486 07 5524 6443 cphilcullen@bigpond.com

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