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What Is Our Educational Equation?

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A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.  ~ Plato

No offense intended toward mathematicians, statisticians, or accountants, but I am a bit disturbed by the educational obsession with numbers.  For both administrators and teachers, numbers are ever present and persistently demanding.  Grade point averages, class rankings, grade percentages, benchmarks, daily grades, state assessments, test scores, budget concerns, class sizes, and  data driven decision making.  The fact that educators work with numbers in a variety of contexts is not the issue–in fact, it is to be expected.  The issue is that in some ways we are transforming a profession that is about people into one that is about the bottom line.  As long as our efforts at educational reform lead us in the direction of the “students = numbers” equation, we will never arrive at a solution.

Here are four excellent articles for reference on the issue of our data driven school culture:

Why schools should try things not “research-based” by Valerie Strauss

The Answer to Teacher Retention: Find Passion (Not Data) Driven Schools by Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu)

Passion Driven Leadership by Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers)

Schools must be data informed: NOT data driven by Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)



About azjd

Junior high principal by day, aspiring difference maker, and Jedi in my own mind. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly.


One thought on “What Is Our Educational Equation?

  1. Numbers make it easy to justify what we should or shouldn’t do. Numbers also make it easy to ignore what we should or shouldn’t do. It’s hard to talk about people. It’s what we should be talking about. Plus, math sucks. Just joking. Well, not really ;).

    Posted by Tom Altepeter | March 31, 2011, 2:46 pm

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Junior high principal by day, sports enthusiast, technology fanatic and jedi in my own mind. Striving to be a difference maker!
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