Options in Educational Decision Making

Everyone needs make decisions all their life, so we think we know how. We do it daily: what to wear to school/work/social events; what to do in our spare or free time; when to spend or save money; which purchases are necessary or frivolous. We make decision about objects (cars, clothes, books, internets sites, etc.), situations (how to behave in various social settings) and abstractions or untouchables (care, love or concern about others and their perceptions or feelings about us).

The problem with decision making is that no one expressly teaches us how to make “good” or appropriate decisions. That is because decisions usually involve recognizing options or choices of a series of actions leading to a specific goal. Most decisions are routine: when, where and how to buy food, car repairs, clothing care, etc. We become lulled into security in our decision making process.

We become challenged with decision making when stress builds. Researchers found people perceive fewer choices or options available and that we tend to use traditional or habitual choices to make our decisions. Unfortunately, this means that novel solutions to problems will not be perceived, acknowledged or understood when the decision maker(s) is/are in crisis or under stress.

Education reform approaches are perfect examples of perceiving limited options for making decisions. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and its replacement directives have an extremely narrow focus: all children must learn the same content at the same rate by using “scientifically researched” materials. Gone are the discretionary powers of observations that teacher have. Gone are experimental approaches or innovative materials or methods. Gone is information related to centuries of knowledge about child development and readiness skills. Gone is what has worked in the past. Now teachers must use what some university (or publisher’s underwritten) study has proved to be effective.

Educators must go through teacher preparation programs. Including an undergraduate degree and the professional training, that amounts to at least 4-5 years of college. Additionally, most states require that teachers earn a masters’ degree (1-2 years to complete) within a certain length of time. This means that educators know a lot, but they aren’t allowed to use what they’ve learned in their classrooms unless it comes packaged in “scientifically researched” materials.

The bottom line is that the knowledge and wisdom of teachers is ignored; yet they are responsible and accountable for decisions that others, usually non-educators, have made. The decision makers are relying on the traditional approaches, not innovation or creative options. By narrowing their views of the problems, they are excluding options that could work far better, more easily, and for far less money than they currently mandate.

Business Decision Matrix Artificial Intelligent Software Skepticism

Academic scientists are busy designing business decision software for companies. These Decision Matrix Artificial Intelligent Software Systems maybe used in the boardroom to help them work through strategic business scenarios. They may replace middle managers soon. These artificial programs are already being used in inbound CRM and inbound telemarketing divisions, Finite Capacity Scheduling in manufacturing and even transportation routing which means they are replacing human workers such as operators, controllers, dispatchers and soon executives.

Yet there is obviously skepticism amongst humans that they will be able to do much more. Unions are already upset with robotics doing their former jobs in manufacturing. Companies are strapped for quality labor and health care costs are rising as the average intelligence level is dropping significantly; the dummying down effect. Executives do not wish to lose their jobs too and they are in control, but if artificial intelligence can make better decisions and thus help the company profit more appeasing shareholders with quarterly profits and increased stock equity, then the executives will also need to step aside you see?

At first there will be skepticism and change often comes with fear, but that fear will pass you will see. Business decision matrix Artificial Intelligent (AI) software will soon be available for large, medium and small businesses and be capable of making decisions on nearly any situation. Think on this.