People. Not Data.


Worship of DATA is a problem. Worship of DATA has human and organizational liabilities.  It costs our educational institutions too much money, too much time, and provides no demonstrable benefits.

It would be different if the hundreds of thousands of dollars and work- hours spent on creating, collecting, and managing data actually yielded results that were useful to the teacher or professor. 

But it’s a lot of bucks for not much bang.

The systems and apparatuses that spring up to collect, manage, and monitor DATA are starving our public institutions of their ability to do what they’re supposed to do: spend time with students.

We’re targeted at educators of all stripes and at all levels, but everyone, particularly those in the public sector, are subject to systems that place numbers over people.

If you spend increasing amounts of time PROVING what you’re doing rather than DOING what you’re doing, bring me to your next inservice, faculty association or board meeting.  Together we can push back against the hysteria.

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The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.

Sydney J. Harris