Is the Devil in the Data? II

After posting “Student Achievement: Is the Devil in the Data?” on Monday, I checked in with education historian and fellow blogger, Diane Ravitch.  “These people with their data mania make me sick,” she opined.  “Do they know any children?”

Sure they do. But how children develop and learn is infinitely more complex and confounding than building [... click post title to read more ...]


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Student Achievement: Is the Devil in the Data?

“The Future of Educational Data is Yours!” screamed the subject line of Education Sector’s Biweekly last Tuesday, as if selling the secret for eternal youth.  The e-newsletter invited me to listen in on a webcast on data-driven improvement that very afternoon. Within minutes of the video’s start, the audio-visuals disappeared, leaving a transcript, complete with [... click post title to read more ...]


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Taking Care of Business

This week ‘s media face-off  between education historian Diane Ravitch and Microsoft’s Bill Gates reminds me of how far we still have to go to bridge the gap between ECE and business.   Ravitch, long-time champion of accountability and school choice, has lately switched gears, taking to task the Obama administration, Bloomberg and Joel Klein in [... click post title to read more ...]


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