Category Archives: Improvement

Lord Kelvin’s Hogwash

As I was reading this morning I ran across this: As the great nineteenth-century mathematical physicist Lord Kelvin famously said, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” We need real-time data to understand our performance: are we getting … Continue reading

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Schools As Watershed Systems

How do we measure progress as we improve schools? In a blog post this past week week Brian Drayton noted that while you can look at the improvement in performance of a business by looking at its bottom line, this doesn’t … Continue reading

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What Can Teachers Learn From Kermit Washington?

The other day I picked up a month old (November 10) New Yorker while waiting for an appointment and started reading an article by James Surowiecki titled “Better All the Time.” I learned that in 1976 Kermit Washington, a former college basketball star … Continue reading

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