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September 23, 2009

KEEP THIS MAN AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDREN

Forget about creativity, imagination, insight, judgment, wisdom, history, culture, ethics or consideration, according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, data is what we need to teach our children. He told a research conference last June, "I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions. Data gives us the roadmap to reform. It tells us where we are, where we need to go, and who is most at risk."

3 Comments:

Anonymous Mairead said...

But only if the data is non-trivial ...something I suspect Duncan wouldn't recognise if it came and sat in his lap (what an embarrassment to the race that scunner is).

September 24, 2009 6:45 AM  
Blogger m said...

Not just that the data is of value and measures what is hoped for, but more importantly that the analysis and decision making is a meaningful process.

September 24, 2009 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then maybe they need to take a look at all the data that shows their current plans don't work at all and that the plans that do work are about as opposite to the non-stop standardized testing model as you can get.

September 25, 2009 10:46 AM  

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