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What School Reformers Can Learn From the Game of Poker

What School Reformers Can Learn From Poker

School reformers may have difficulty recognizing the strategies that might actually lead to better outcomes. 

So said Ben Spielberg, a Teach for America alum and current math instructional coach in the San Jose Unified School District. He aims to help school reformers by relating the reform process to the game of poker, according to The Washington Post. For example, poker players must concentrate on their "focus of control" and use probabilistic reasoning. 

"Most education reformers and policymakers, unfortunately, still fail to recognize this basic tenet of probablistic reasoning," he said. "We implement teacher and school accountability metrics that focus heavily on student outcomes, without realizing that this approach is invalid."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor


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