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[Xmca-l] Re: Asia tops global school rankings
Although cheating, perhaps, has the reputation of being morally disreputable, it also can be evidence of considerable sagacity (perhaps even what the early Greeks termed ‘metis'). It also seems, and I interpret some of what Michel de Certeau writes in “The Practice of Everyday Life’ in this way, a ’tactical’ response to some sort of ’strategic’ imposition. As such it is, I think, worthy of thoughtful consideration rather than blanket condemnation.
On May 13, 2015, at 6:58 AM, David Kellogg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I am rooting--quite unironically--for the cheaters; since the psychology
> profession, with a few noble exceptions (such as Bernard Spolsky and
> Stephen J. Gould), has been largely derelict in its duty to expose the
> psychometric frauds, I think the only hope of putting them out of business
> permanently lies in the highly ingenious work of Korean and Chinese
> test-takers, and I wish them all the best.
> The so-called SAT, whose predecessor was designed to keep Jews out of
> academia, now serves much the same purpose with respect to Asians (with, I
> am pleased to say, about the same degree of success). According to Bernard
> Spolsky, the extremely unstable statistical relationship of the "SAT' to
> either "aptitude" (that is, its ability to predict real academic success)
> or "achievement" (that is, its correlation with high school grades) is so
> tenuous that the company no longer claims that "A" actually stands for
> anything ("sat" just means you had to sit down and take a test).
> The true "cheating" scandal is the ability of ETS and other agents of the
> testing industry to sell wares which purport to predict academic success
> and in fact merely manufacture it for sale.
> David Kellogg
> On Wed, May 13, 2015 at 8:10 PM, rjsp2 <email@example.com> wrote:
>> It's all right, Peter. Cheating is a necessary life skill; this result
>> is measuring the fact that the Asians are better at it than we are,
>> hence are bound to succeed in life.
>> Now where was that irony emoticon...
>> On 13/05/2015 11:40, Peter Smagorinsky wrote:
>>> And yet, here it says that cheating is rampant.
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>>> Asia tops global school rankings
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