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Moneyball & Education


The movie Moneyball was based on a true story that helped turn around the performance of the Oakland A's.  The basic question: how can we compete and win with less money?  Using statistics, Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane was able to deliver unbelievable results. Essentially, his formula involved acquiring players who were able to get on first base           (even if it meant that they walked on) 

                                                      rather players who were homerun







How can we apply the principals that changed baseball to public education?


My question - How can we in education produce competitive and winning results with less money?


The question is not new; we have been grappling with this for several years in education.  However, if we look at the question through a "Moneyball" paradigm, can we come up with some productive solutions?  It turns out that focusing on getting on first base was more effective than focusing on homerun hits.  If that is the case, then....


What are the elements that we need to focus on?


What does this mean for teachers?


What does this mean for parents?


What does this mean for students?


What does this mean for administrators?


What does this mean for school boards?

·        Are we looking at things with an open mind?  Are we listening to our constituents?  Are we paying attention to our mandates?  Are we solving problems in the most effective and efficient manners?  Is our integrity intact?


What does this mean for legislators?


What does this mean for community members?

·        The obvious answer would be for community members to go out and support the budget.  However, there is so much more.  I happen to sit on my local board of education.  We become so much better when we are challenged by thoughtful questions from community members.  We might not always agree, however a healthy challenge forces board members to look at their decisions.  A good rule to follow is lets agree to disagree.  The more eyes looking at someone, the more we get a 360 degree perspective.



Can we "flip" a classroom and increase the effectiveness of some students?

Remember after all, "it does take a village to raise a child."
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