My favourite edu-analogy has always been (and will be for the foreseeable future, it seems): weighing the pig, won’t make it any fatter.
As Head of English, I am party to data analyses on a fortnightly basis, at least. Sometimes it haunts my dreams… and I do wonder whether data should be the core function or my role?
The visceral, gut reaction: no. Here’s why:
- Like any other human being on this planet, I do not possess the ability to predict the future – so why is so much stock given to so-called predicted grades?
- My time could be better spent developing an engaging, challenging curriculum that enables students to both enjoy and succeed in English.
- Do I need APD, ALPS, FFT (and other such acronyms) to know the fundamental fact that quality first teaching coupled with effective feedback processes is the sure-fire way to enable better outcomes?
Something needs to change. The data monster is tearing up the city.
@HaleDonal Head of English – York