I’ve been falling behind. When I discovered the YouTube “WDPLAC?” series, there were only six videos. Now I see that there are at least 24. So here’s “Ben Stein and the non-sequiturs”—what a name for a rock band!
Ideally, when you’re making a choice for a project, you lay out the desired results and the criteria by which you are judging, and the decision is firm that when competing solutions are evaluated, the one that fits the criteria best will be chosen.
Unfortunately, that’s not how governments work. They run the tests or consult their consultants and then pick the one they wanted in the first place. Sometimes they even falsify the data or dictate the conclusions of the report—or simply refuse to publish it. Or, as happened here, they seem blissfully unaware of what’s really important. Ed Darrell reports… how the U.S. National Education Library got new staff.