Allen Bergstrazer 
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Re: “The Agenda: Crews working to take down Calhoun statue; Study shows reopening may not save economy

For those who don't remember Raj Chetty, he was co-author of a study that purported to show that teachers could be evaluated by the test scores of their students. He postulated that an effective teacher, one who raised test scores, would raise lifetime income, increase high school graduation rates, prevent teen pregnancies, and have lifelong effects on students. This turned out to be a colossal failure, because it didn't work-anywhere. The scores bounced around. A teacher who was great one year was ineffective the next year; and vice versa. Teachers were rated based on the scores of students they never taught. Tests became the goal of education rather than the measure. It was a plague of madness that overcame public education across the land, embedded in Race to the Top. Ironically Chetty and his colleagues ignored economic factors when attempting to explain economic effects. Chetty seems to delight in scurrying around complex social issues, pontificating on simplistic quick fixes, and promoting his Big Data methods, and defeating traditional social science, than actually solving real-world problems. Similarly in his number crunching about Covid19 he ignores the economic circumstances in order to predict economic impact. He describes a partially closed economy and at the same time states that the economy is stalled despite being open, and once again big data carries more weight than simple reason.

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on June 24, 2020 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Before You Go: 1,081 new coronavirus cases; More people under 30 are testing positive; Protests can have impact

To Mike Grady; respectfully sir the headline reflects the body of the post, i.e. the semi colon indicates separate stories, one of which is that someone on staff at the City Paper is reading an article from the Rolling Stone about the effect protests have, NOT that protests have caused an uptick in COVID 19 cases. As much as I disagree with the opinions of the City Paper, they'd never say anything like that, much less post it on their FB page.

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on June 20, 2020 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Before You Go: 687 new cases of COVID-19; Pondering a religious left; Sports organizations rush to address racism

The New Yorker article shows how blind and tone deaf the current crop of journalists are. There's been a religious left in the US and around the world longer than there's been a religious right. What is called the religious right today is mainstream orthodox Christianity that has been given a label by the left in order to paint as extreme Christian doctrine that has been taught as Christian faith since St. Paul wrote his epistles. The WSJ article should be headlined 'Sports chases popularity like a narcissitic 13 year old girl in order to maintain cash flow.'

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on June 12, 2020 at 9:45 AM

Re: “'Self preservation' sessions offer care and support amid protests

Doesn't say who's funding this.

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on June 10, 2020 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Safe and just communities require fewer police and more services

The worst example of convoluted and obfuscate thinking I have ever read on the City Paper site, and that's saying something. Much of 'the system' that Mr. Knaack is complaining about is a result of ACLU lawsuits and their lobbying of politicians. What Mr. Knaack has been done before, they're called Indian reservations. Maybe that's the plan.

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on June 5, 2020 at 1:10 PM

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