Freakonomics – Levitt & Dubner

In their groundbreaking book, Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner take an out-of-the-box look at data interpretation. In a time where educators look to data analysis to help improve instruction, this book and its sequel, SuperFreakonomics, give examples of how to take a unique look at available data. Here I have included an excerpt of a summary of their first book with a focus on how teachers can get caught cheating and the economics of crack dealing. I also include slides that show which characteristics correlate with success on tests and which do not. The big point for me is that blacks are not less intelligent than whites; they are just more likely to be poor. Watch this blog for insights from SuperFreakonomics.

Click here to see the excerpted summary of this book.

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