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On Critics of Testing

November 15, 2011

On Critics of Testing, I am sure that as soon as the first test was invented, by the Chinese according to the history of assessment, the first critic of testing was born. Criticisms of testing are nothing new. I would bet there have been a few test constructors burned at the stake and if we [...]

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The Negative Branding of the Public Sector Workforce

June 18, 2011

Recently, along with Tom Doverspike, I authored an article for IPAC's Assessment Council News on the Negative Branding of the public sector workforce. The entire article can be found at the IPAC site, but that is available only to members. I have posted some of the highlights here: The Negative Branding of the Public Sector [...]

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Do We Take Sustainability Seriously?

May 12, 2010

Do we take sustainability seriously in the United States? Most of the time, it seems highly doubtful. We put relatively little money into inspecting, rebuilding, and maintaining buildings. On the other hand we are quick to tear them down. For example, consider this all too frequent item. An Ohio State University committee looking at the [...]

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Restaurants, Taxes, Chowder House

March 31, 2010

I was doing my taxes the other day when I came across one of my pet peeves or rants. I still cannot understand why the system was changed so that entertainment involving dining at restaurants was reduced to a 50% business deduction. I doubt these days there are that many 3 martini lunches, and even [...]

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John Tesh Radio Show

March 17, 2010

I received an email from a friend of mine, Tayla Bauer, informing me that my name had been mentioned on the John Tesh Radio Show. Of course I wondered why, I figured it was not because he admired my skills at the keyboard. Turns out it was because of some of my statements about driving [...]

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74% or Adults Read a Newspaper – Could It Be True?

November 25, 2009

According to the Akron Beacon Journal: “A national study says 74 percent of all adults in the United States â nearly 171 million people â read a newspaper or its online component during the past week.” So could it be true? I guess it could be, if you define an “adult” as anyone over 30. [...]

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Personal Rant – Why I am Glad I live in NEO

November 24, 2009

I just got back from New York City and now I am glad again to live in Northeast Ohio. I was walking around the Upper West Side, looking for Meg Ryan, when I came across an open house for an apartment for rent or lease. So, I decided to check it out. Long story short, [...]

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Personal Rant – You are All Wrong About Jobs, or the Lack of Jobs, Being the Reason People Do Not Live in NEO

November 23, 2009

My past rant generated a number of opinions from commentators expressing the view that jobs, or the lack of jobs, are the reason that people do not live in Northeast Ohio. Personally, I agree with you. However, I am going to play devilâs advocate and argue that jobs are not a cause but an effect. [...]

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A Random Rant on Testing

November 22, 2009

In order to give this rant some context – it was in response to an exchange regarding testing, and possible faking of responses, in public sector employment testing. Thus, leading to my complete change of topic and rant:

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