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Volume 21, Number 1
January/February 2005

Lessons from the Red Sox Playbook

 

"Believe!" "Keep the faith!" These have been the refrains of Red Sox fans for nearly a century. Their perpetual optimism in spite of decades of defeat echoes another refrain familiar to educators: "All children can succeed; never give up!"

Now that the Sox have finally "reversed the curse," the lessons of their 2004 World Series victory will undoubtedly generate new refrains. . . .We think these lessons have special salience for educators. Like the pre-2004 Sox, many educators have long resisted the kind of rigorous research and scientific analysis that could identify the curricula and teaching strategies most likely to help children succeed in school.

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    B. McGrath. "The Professor of Baseball: Can the Master of Statistics Help the Red Sox Beat the Yankees?" New Yorker, July 14, 2003.

    U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported by Rigorous Evidence: A User Friendly Guide. Washington, DC: Author, 2003.

    U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Random Assignment in Program Evaluation and Intervention Research: Questions and Answers. Washington, DC: Author, 2003.