My Own Personal Narcissus Index


(Guest post by Greg Forster)

Picking back up on our discussion of narcissism, I’m sure you’re all dying to know that my new Win-Win report was featured on John Stossel last night! While you other losers here on JPGB have been wasting your time on Twitter, I’m finally getting the undivided attention of millions that I’ve always known I deserved.

Oh, wait, sorry – I didn’t mean to bash Twitter, because . . . Stossel also tweeted my study. Twitter’s totally cool now!

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In case you forgot what I look like.

Seriously, I’m always grateful when people bring attention to my work. Stossel highlighted the numbers for impact on public schools: 23 empirical studies have looked at how school choice impacts academic outcomes in public schools, of which 22 found a positive effect and one found no visible difference; no empirical study has ever found a negative impact. He also mentioned the numbers for racial segregation: eight studies, seven positive, one neutral; none negative. (Stossel’s description may have left viewers thinking those public school academic effect studies were participant effect studies – I know it’s hard to do justice to the details in the short time TV allows, but at least I can note the difference here.)

Hope others are finding the report useful – that unbroken line of zeros in the “negative effects” column can’t be publicized too widely!

4 Responses to My Own Personal Narcissus Index

  1. Larry Sand says:

    Greg, I do a fair amount of public speaking and always include a few words about your findings. I will happily add your latest data to my school choice rants. Thank you.

  2. Connie Sadowski says:

    Nice! Good stuff.

    Connie Sadowski 512-461-0185 text, voice Connie is an education consultant who coordinates the Red Apple Project school facts simply, and directs the Education Options Resource Center at the Austin CEO Foundation, Connie writes for Heartland Institute’s School Reform News. She and her husband have four kids in middle school, high school, and college.

    • Greg Forster says:

      These reflections might have more value if those offering them looked at ALL the non-gold-standard research. Instead the method is to say “ehh, gold standard’s not really all that – therefore you should pay attention to this ONE other study that I cherry-picked which reached the finding I want to be true.” Problem is, in the nature of things studies following the prevailing confidence method will be wrong 5% of the time by definition. If you don’t like looking only at the gold-standard studies you have to look at all the other studies, not just one.

      That said, it’s certainly true that charter schools aren’t enough to get the job done. So these comments warning us not to put too much faith in charters are not all wrong!

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