INTEGRITY RANKING OF C. R. WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS' GUEST COLUMNS

6-27-16

Greetings, Miss Betty Young, 'Cedar Rapids School Teacher', Laurel Day, and  all—

Please forward this post to the students listed in the table below, C. R. school board members, administrators and staff at Wilson Middle School and others deemed appropriate—with Iowalive’s commendations and best wishes.  Thank you very much!!  Ms. Young was advised of Iowalive’s intended response to the students!!

“This spring, the Gazette invited Brianna Young's Cedar Rapids Wilson Middle School students to share with our readers short opinion columns about issues that are important to them.”  The students prepared the columns which appeared in the 6-19-16 Gazette.  Iowalive net workers found them to be most interesting and as a result--studied, evaluated, scored and ranked the integrity of the columns, as shown in the table below.   In addition, a discrepancy in Ms. Young’s guest column was found. 

Her 6-19-16 guest column footer said, “• Brianna Young is an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Wilson Middle School.”  Which  strongly implied she is an employee of the district.

However, Iowalive also found Ms. Young is not an employee of the school district at this time 6-27-16.  We’ll leave it to the Gazette to verify her employment with the district on 6-19-16 as implied in her guest column footer—since this post heavily involves integrity.

Ms. Young, if  available,  and the students can discuss the scores and how they could be improved.   Details of the scoring are not provided as this is their first attempt at writing a column.  The overall score is sufficient for their discussions at this time.  However, if Ms. Young, Lynda Waddington, Editorial Board or a student wishes to provide better numbers, and how they were derived, Iowalive could provide more details—as deemed appropriate.  :-) 

The 6 top ranked students in the table certainly showed they had a good idea of what they were writing about.   All would have scored higher had they used numbers and words such as  those referred to in the following list of questions provided to the Marion Times editor regarding the newspaper Leadership award she recently won. 

Ms. Young could be asked similar questions about the student guest column writing project.  One wonders how much emphasis she placed on integrity?  What is more important than integrity?

Gazette editors routinely ignore such questions—and it shows in their scores in the table.   :-(

The Marion Times editor was asked to please answer the following questions, the best you can.  Iowalive hopes hope to hear from her soon.  :-) 

1.    What significant, measureable, improved results do you believe the Leadership program realized to date?

a.    Were they planned?

b.    When were they realized?

c.     Why didn’t you mention 1 or 2 of them in your column?

2.    What benefits do you expect Marion Times readers to realize as a result of your Leadership program participation?

a.    Why didn’t you mention 1 or 2 of them in your column? 

b.    When do you expect the benefits to be realized?

3.    Why do newspapers rarely, if ever, use the words ‘integrity’ or ‘operating efficiency’ in articles or editorials?

4.    Why do newspapers  rarely, if ever, use the words ‘results’, ‘results expectations’, ‘results  realized’ in articles or editorials?

5.    Why do newspapers use non-measurable verbs (activities) rather than measurable nouns, (accomplishments) to describe performance—and not mention the word ‘performance’?

6.    What do you think this quote means to newspapers and newspaper editors?

W. T. (Lord) Kelvin (1891) Popular Lectures and Addresses “....WHEN YOU CAN MEASURE WHAT YOU ARE SPEAKING ABOUT AND CAN EXPRESS IT IN NUMBERS, YOU KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT IT, BUT WHEN YOU CANNOT EXPRESS IT IN NUMBERS YOUR KNOWLEDGE IS OF A MEAGRE AND UNSATISFACTORY KIND.”   

6 STUDENTS WROTE GUEST  COLUMNS HAVING SIGNIFICANT, OR BETTER,  INTEGRITY SCORES!! HOO  RAY!!!

Only the top  6 student scores are provided since this is their first guest column. 

All 20 students are commended for participating!

ALL COLUMNS APPEARED IN SUNDAY'S 6-19-16 C. R. GAZETTE.  6 Students Outranked the Teacher, Gazette Columnist and Gazette Editorial Board.  Source:  C. R. Gazette and Iowalive  6-27-16

INTEGRITY SCORE RANK

CEDAR RAPIDS WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT NAMES

GUEST COLUMN HEADLINES

*AVG. INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE

1

GRIFFIN LIND

Elect honest, hardworking politicians

450

2

KEYANNA RICHARDSON

Help stop animal abuse

400

3

ISAIAH KELLY

Don't take Quaker Oats for granted

315

4

ALEXIS MERKLE

Teens need a place of their own

305

5

CHEYANNE OHLHAUSER

Arts are central to education

270

6

TYCHO VON THUN

Regulate or abolish GMOs

260

18  TIE

LYNDA WADDINGTON--Gazette Columnist 

Cashing in on (Orlando) tragedy--guns

15

12 TIE

GAZETTE EDITORIAL BOARD

Editorials--Year-to-date 6-1-16

105

Integrity is Adherence to Moral and Ethics Principles.  The Antonym of Integrity is Evil

*Integrity Index Scores are  on  a scale of 0 to 1,000 tops, where significant integrity starts at 300, evil is at 250 and below.  Grand larceny scores 40.

Integrity Index Scores are consistently derived with proprietary algorithms and database similar to those used for evaluating issue of military security clearances and as posted on website: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm

Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them, and how they were derived.

Sincerely,

Iowalive  A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa