Why Is Data a Dirty Word?

We are inundated with data, and I’m not just referring to educators and school leaders. It surrounds us in our everyday lives. We turn on the television to watch the weather report and they provide the temperature, how much snow we will get (if you live somewhere that gets snow), and how many inches we have received over the past few days. Meteorologists even dive deeper into their data and report the snow fall averages for the last few decades. The more ambitious ones plunge into the largest snowfalls on record.

Everywhere we turn we are struck with…data. We have to worry about how much of our data is kept by the government, and parents have to worry about how much of their children’s data is kept by school personnel. It’s nearly impossible to go a day without hearing the word “data.” <Read more.>

Via Peter DeWitt, Education Week.