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Tip of the Week: Moneyball, Doing Social Studies, and Other Helpful Resources

A couple of days ago I ran past the movie Moneyball during one of my late night sweeps through the videosphere and it jogged my thinking a bit. I had read the Michael Lewis book years ago and enjoyed the movie but not until this week did I really start to see the connections between Moneyball and social studies.

What caught my attention was a specific scene in the movie. Billy Bean, the main character, is being recruited to manage the Boston Red Sox baseball team. During the scene, the Sox owner says:

. . . anybody who’s not tearing down their team down right now, and rebuilding it using your model – they’re dinosaurs.

Yeah, I know. Without the context of the book / movie, it doesn’t really make sense. So if you haven’t already skimmed through my thoughts from earlier in the week, head over there for a quick Moneyball 101.

The point of the book / movie is to that doing things differently can be a good thing. It can be difficult at times but doing things the way we’ve always done them – simply because of tradition – doesn’t make sense. Billy Beane re-defined what success in baseball looked like by doing things differently.

Social studies is like that, I think. Read more

New standards, the C3, dinosaurs, and Social Studiesball

Back seven or eight years ago, I picked up a book called Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. It focused on the Oakland Athletics and the team’s general manager, Billy Beane. Burdened by a lack of funds, Beane was struggling to win games against teams with way more money to pay players. But by 2002, during a season that saw his team set a century old record for consecutive wins, Beane had found a way.

The answer?

Sabermetrics. The application of statistical analysis in order to evaluate and compare the performance of individual players. But not the traditional statistics. Beane and the A’s looked at a different set of statistics in ways that hadn’t been done before. This different way of thinking about baseball gave them a competitive advantage – they could find solid players that had been ignored by everyone else and so pay them less.

Win / win. A sweet team for less money.

The problem? Read more