Ignorati Honor Roll 2013: Pundit Version

School Finance 101

As 2013 comes to an end, it’s time to review some of the more ridiculous claims and arguments made by pundits and politicians over the course of the past year.

A definition of “Ignorati” is important here:

Elites who, despite their power, wealth, or influence, are prone to making serious errors when discussing science and other technical matters. They resort to magical thinking and scapegoating with alarming ease and can usually be found furiously adding fuel to moral panics and information cascades. [ http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Ignorati ]

I’m sure I’ve missed many good ones (please do send) and I’ve definitely put more weight in my selection on stuff I’ve come across recently than stuff that appeared at the beginning of the year.  I’ve tried to select statements and representations of data that are so foolish that, in my view, they severely undermine the credibility of their source. At least a few of…

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