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 Valjeanof Les Misérables, he lifts himself from the character ofPrisoner 24601, the name by which we first met him.
The notion that we are free people, and not just numbers, liesbehind an aversion that some people feel towards data, and the wayin which it drives so much thinking and planning in education.Governors fall asleep, unions complain, and staff feel oppressed bya tyranny of numbers encapsulated in the adage: ...
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