You may have seen the reports about actresses Lori Laughlin (“Full House”) and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) being caught up in a standardized test scandal. At the time of this writing, Huffman had actually been arrested. It seems (and as much as I criticize those who leap to conclusions in this space, I hasten to add — innocent until proven guilty) some people were paying for special consideration so their children could get good grades on their ACT or SAT.Read More
December has five Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays this year. That’s unusual, as you might expect. Pointless and uninteresting, sure, but unusual. In fact, it was suggested on Facebook (yes, I’m railing on Facebook again today) that it only occurs once every 823 years. OK, that might push it past the border into Interestingland.
Except it’s not true. And when you think about it, it can’t be true.Read More
The gym at Canada’s Carleton University has removed its scale. Some participants called it “triggering.” Seeing disappointing numbers appear day after day could lead people to be discouraged about their weight. I figured that’s why they were in the gym in the first place. But whatever.
Instead of yammering some more about political correctness, instead I would like to inject a bit of reality into the concept of measurements, ...Read More