The 5 Habits Framework

1) Evidence (How do I know what's true?)

2) Perspective (Who might think differently?)

3) Connections (What other areas of knowledge are connected?)

4) Supposition (How might it be different if..?)

5) Significance (Is this important?)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cheating Confirmed Through Stats

Freakonomics Author Devises Algorithm to Catch Cheaters

Eyes on your own paper.
(AP Photo/Vietnam News Agency, Tran Le Lam)

1)  In what ways can the use of statistics provide evidence for action?  What are the limits of statistical knowledge?  

2)  Why might the students' parents feel differently than the professor?  The same?  Why might a Chinese student feel differently than an American?  

3)  Is statistics math or science?  How is this connected to social relationships?  
4)  In what ways would this story be reported differently if the researcher was not well-known?  How might this be different   

5)  What are some basic assumptions about cheating in general and in academics specifically?  In which subject would cheating be most beneficial for you?  

Extension Activities:

1)  Students can write a satirical story making cheating in sports analogous to academic cheating.   

2)  Students can develop their own statistical models for cheating in a classroom of their choice.  


  1. to what degree would that algorithm be applied in schools and would it work

  2. To what extent do they think that this is making this any better? Just b/c they call these people out, doesn't make anything better. These specific students may require extra learning. It should be considered disrespectful to write an article as inconsiderate and revealing as this. If cheating in classrooms is a possibility, then another option should be considered. Think about the students they are referring to.

  3. What amount of significance will this help anyone?

  4. In what ways is it suppose to catch cheaters?

  5. Would Livvet and Lin take it down to high school? or possibly elementary?

  6. To what degree is this going to help? How are the students going to be caught? How to what degree are the students going to under stand? Are the teachers really going to take action? Does the teachers even care? Who is going to think differently about this problem?