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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

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(First Published on December 6, 2020)

There’s something to be said for what you think is a lost cause.  If you can’t do anything about it, at least raise a laugh – a joyful belly laugh or a nervous whimper or a knowing snigger – there are choices aplenty for those who will squeeze fun out of anything and lemonade out of lemons.

The Lying Kind

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics!” these lines attributed to Mark Twain, among many other contenders since the 1850s, got me thinking about the connection with what we are doing with numbers, kids and even schools these days. Actually we have probably been doing it since Mark Twain’s time too which might have prompted him to opine, “Never let school interfere with your education.”  We have been reducing the kids to performance statistics, perhaps preparing them for performance appraisals in corporate life?

98% of our students have scored 90% or more says one institution

100% success rate!  says another

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Timeless Teaching

This is a post published on December 3, 2020 under Mentor Posts on the website of Cygnus Centre of Excellence https://cygnuscoeonline.com/ .  This is re-posted here with permission. The efforts of Cygnus COE to make a difference in the world of teaching and learning is commendable.  Please do visit their website, check out their various sections and leave feedback.  And, if you like, please share and comment on this blogpost.]

“I can’t attend the program on Saturday or Sunday because we have webinars on those days, every week!” – this from a teacher who works Mondays to Fridays on her online classes. Weekends?  Who needs them?  This is lockdown, we don’t have weekends, nowhere to go!

The teacher’s phone rings at 11:45 p.m. Nearly midnight.  It’s the Coordinator.  “We need to discuss the program for tomorrow morning”. Wait, that’s less than eight hours from now – and even less, as the call continues for 45 minutes. After the call, the paperwork begins.

Texting at the table, a teacher explains apologetically, “We have to keep our WhatsApp available to parents.  If the parent complains that we have not responded, we will get a letter from the school.” The family nods knowingly and eats dinner in silence, punctuated by beeps.

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Start an SIP in Etiquette

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First published on December 2, 2020
[Tonight’s blog post is not about money, honey.  It’s about systematic investment planning in Online Etiquette – something where I can’t predict growth and sustainability, but I can pretend that it’s a value proposition especially in these days of WFH and online conferencing.]

Wake up call

Imagine my surprise when I glanced through half-open eyelids at my list of e-mails early in the morning.  Guilty as hell about checking my phone before I get out of bed, I give it a quick glance before locating my spectacles.  And so, the surprise when I saw a mail from the Bank that apparently read “Start an SIP in Etiquette”.  It didn’t.  On closer look, through refracted rays, I read it again.  It was boringly predictable – Start an SIP in Equities, it said.  I clicked Delete and it sailed into the virtual bin.