Education: Prayerful data
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 @ 00:13
Statistics can paint a helpful picture of what is happening in
schools, says Huw Thomas
WHEN Hugh Jackman sings, in a crescendo, that he is Jean Valjean
of Les Misérables, he lifts himself from the character of
Prisoner 24601, the name by which we first met him.
The notion that we are free people, and not just numbers, lies
behind an aversion that some people feel towards data, and the way
in which it drives so much thinking and planning in education.
Governors fall asleep, unions complain, and staff feel oppressed by
a tyranny of numbers encapsulated in the ...
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