Do we only believe things when there are numbers to match it?
In a recent post, Leslie stated that as a teacher, you were only considered “good” if your students performed at certain levels on standardized tests. Obviously, a good teacher must be able to teach and get their students to a higher level. However, aren’t there other things that make a teacher good?
Or have we become obsessed with numbers?
When you buy something, are you looking at how many people rated it, and how high the star rating is?
Think about your own life: have you recently determined how good something is, or isn’t, by the numbers attached to it?
I know I’m a stats girl: I can’t help but look at things and begin calculating. My wheels just start turning. I automatically begin ascertaining different ways of looking at things. But because it’s my brain, and not a computer, I always include the human factor: people lie, and people are very likely to follow a crowd. These are two things that, as of now, computers can’t tally. Computers spit out info based on what’s given- sort of like garbage in, garbage out, if you get my drift…
Like, some teachers only teach you what you need to get through a standardized test: they might not impart the thousands of other lessons that I think a “good” teacher should do.
Sure- all the students got average or above average on Common Core. But did they learn the building blocks of critical thinking? Or did they memorize tricks?
We seem to rely on numbers because numbers mean something can be “proven”. There is fact but not fake…
But is that an accurate assessment?
Can numbers show what we WANT them to show?
Do numbers lie?