I Hate to Say I Told You So

Posted on January 14, 2013Filed Under Tips | Leave a Comment

Actually I don’t. Hate to say I told you so, that is. Nobody does. Everybody LOVES to say I told you so. Except to one’s spouse, I suppose. Even then, the temptation is mighty strong, and sometime wins out over logic.

Anyway, I have been getting to say that phrase quite a bit lately.

I called bs on Lance Romance and his doping/bullying years ago. You could just tell. Especially the bullying teammates into it too part. He always had that “I’m the star, and you ain’t” vibe. He took the  confident–>cocky–>jerk continuum to the next level.  Let’s hope my sister Oprah made him grovel.

Everybody always runs to the doctor if the cough after being sick lasts longer than a week. Everybody always runs to the doctor about everything these days. I have always said that the “stupid cough” everybody has after a cold or suchlike always lasts at least two weeks. Quit whining and use your elbow and a kleenex. And antibiotics won’t help dagnabbit, so don’t even ask. People like you are what’s making antibiotics less and less effective. I just read today that the average length of a cough after a respiratory illness is… eighteen days. Get used to it, baby. And I told you so.

A new study shows that although most people think a cough ought to last no more than a week or so, the duration of the most annoying symptom of winter illness is about 18 days — and could be more than three weeks.

Taking antibiotics in the interim is not only ineffective, it could also prompt dangerous side effects — and contribute to the country’s growing problem with bugs becoming resistant to the drugs used to treat them.

Teach!

And now the mostest, bestest I told you so in recent memory. Time Magazine (or what’s left of it in this digital age) just covered the best and worst learning/studying tips, and their title was:

Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques

Further teaching followed. Under the heading of  “The Worst” they said:

Highlighting and underlining led the authors’ list of ineffective learning strategies. Although they are common practices, studies show they offer no benefit beyond simply reading the text. Some research even indicates that highlighting can get in the way of learning; because it draws attention to individual facts, it may hamper the process of making connections and drawing inferences.

They contrasted that with one of the best techniques:

The second learning strategy that is highly recommended by the report’s authors is practice testing. Yes, more tests — but these are not for a grade. Research shows that the mere act of calling information to mind strengthens that knowledge and aids in future retrieval.

This would sound mighty familiar to all of my students.

I told you so.

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