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statistically speaking

You hear it all the time here.

"I dont know one person who..."

"Everyone I know says/did/feels..."



and then people take it and run.


it.gets.on.my.last.nerve.



As teachers and (hopefully) intelligent adults, I would hope one doesnt possibly think their small circle of people is an adequate sample that proves your theory to be correct. Every time I read it, it makes me cringe. And thats not to say that what someone is saying is not true except for the fact that their statement usually doesnt include the prospect of their statement not holding as much weight as they would like to think.

This includes comments like-

"65% of the teachers left from the last group."

Is that because "everyone you know" left?

And none of this is to negate the fact that some people are very unhappy and that some of the things said are, in fact, true.  Just dont make statements as if they are certified gold when you dont have real numbers (and if you are a teacher, you probably don't) and you are aware of the fact that the rumor mill runs rampant in this place.


And not just in this place. Regardless of where you are, there are statements-often damaging-regarding things. Its why there are horrible relations between various groups in America.A subject I wont even attempt to go in here.


Just know that something isnt true or not true because everyone you know fits into the point you are trying to prove.

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