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- University of California Press 2001; US$ 12.95
Startling statistics shape our thinking about social issues. But all too often, these numbers are wrong. Examining how bad statistics emerge, spread, and come to shape policy debates, this book provides a guide to spotting, and learning to think critically, about these influential numbers. more...
- University of California Press 2004; US$ 29.95
In this sequel to the acclaimed Damned Lies and Statistics, which the Boston Globe said "deserves a place next to the dictionary on every school, media, and home-office desk," Joel Best continues his straightforward, lively, and humorous account of how statistics are produced, used, and misused by everyone from researchers to journalists. Underlining... more...
- University of California Press 2006; US$ 31.95
While fads such as hula hoops or streaking are usually dismissed as silly enthusiasms, trends in institutions such as education, business, medicine, science, and criminal justice are often taken seriously, even though their popularity and usefulness is sometimes short-lived. Institutional fads such as open classrooms, quality circles, and multiple... more...
- University of California Press 2011; US$ 31.95
Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy. Many high schools name dozens of seniors as valedictorians?of the same class. Cars sport bumper stickers that read "USA?Number 1." Prizes proliferate in every corner of American society, and excellence is trumpeted with ratings that range from "Academy Award winner!" to "Best Neighborhood Pizza!" In ... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 9.95
Critics often warn that American schools are failing, and that our students are ill-prepared for the challenges the future holds, and may even be "the dumbest generation." We can think of these claims as warning about a Stupidity Epidemic. This essay begins by tracing the history of the idea of that American students, teachers, and schools are somehow... more...
- University of California Press 2012; US$ 26.95
Here, by popular demand, is the updated edition to Joel Best's classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us. In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the challenges to improving statistical literacy. Since its publication ten years ago, Damned Lies and Statistics has emerged as the go-to handbook... more...
- University of California Press 2013; US$ 27.95
Does a young person commit suicide every thirteen minutes in the United States? Are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year? Is methamphetamine our number one drug problem today? Alarming statistics bombard our daily lives, appearing in the news, on the Web, seemingly everywhere. But all too often, even... more...