Dawn of the dumbest school data
| Feb 22, 2011
When teachers' relationships with students are reduced to nothing but cold data, everyone suffers. According to "Mr. Teachbad," a blogger quoted in Valerie Strauss’s column for The Washington Post, some schools use diagnostic tests to formulate education plans for teaching students. From the data collected about students' answers on a test at the beginning of a course they have yet to take, teachers are expected to make an "action plan" regarding the material. Teachbad lampoons the ridiculous nature of such data collection—the only conclusion about the students that can be made is that they need to be taught the course. In his opinion, this kind of statistical data is useless and does not help teachers target issues to help children learn effectively. To learn more, read the full article.