May 4, 2013

Another View: School report cards illustrate poor grasp of cause and effect

Chastising educators for problems rooted in poverty is not the way to effect reform.

When people eat more ice cream, there are more murders.  

When shown studies proving this statement is true, most people are left wondering why eating ice cream leads people to commit murder.  

There is actually a third factor that causes both: hot weather. Many see a cause-and-effect relationship in merely a simple correlation.  

Our simple-minded governor has done that.  

He has wielded  his school report cards to once again flog the teachers and schools.  

Thankfully, your May 2 editorial, "Our View: LePage's education policy earns him an F," reminded us that it is in the wealthy communities that students get the A's (and in the impoverished ones, the F's).  

Gov. LePage is lucky he didn't have to show proficiency in statistics.

Michael Berkowitz is a resident of Saco.

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