Thursday, March 4, 2010

From Chicago to Atlanta, Teachers Cheat

Sumo Wrestlers came in during name calling ceremony, introduced one by one

Sumo matches turn on moral, economic, and social incentives (photo: picasa via chinyankeat)

Thanks to the federal No Child Left Behind act and other high-stakes testing laws, schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have something in common. According to Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, authors of the 2005 best-selling Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, they both cheat.

High-stakes testing

This article is limited to the freaky economics of high-stakes testing in public schools.  If you're interested in learning more about why sumo wrestlers cheat, why drug dealers still live with their mothers, how the legalization of abortion lowered crime rates, or how much parents really matter, a little instant cash or a small personal loan is all that stands between you and your very own paperback copy of Freakonomics. It's easy for almost anyone -- even someone with bad credit -- interested in reading about global cooling, patriotic prostitutes, and why suicide bombers should! buy life insurance to fund the purchase of Levitt and Dubner's 2009 hardcover book SuperFreakonomics with an installment loan. ... click here to read the rest of the article titled "From Chicago to Atlanta, Teachers Cheat"



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