Questioning The Data

Sometimes conventions and rules just happen - for no good reason.

November 1, 2017

We recently attended a conference where Malcolm Gladwell spoke.  His topic was challenging the assumptions of data using school ranking and test figures to illustrate his points.

One comment stood out most.  Why is the LSAT timed / the length it is? For a lawyer, is getting fewer questions right but answering more of them better than getting more questions right but answering fewer of them? Does law value rapidity or thoroughness?

Perhaps neither.  As Gladwell said, what if the first administrators simply could only rent the testing hall for a few hours? And the time limit stuck.

Always question conventions.