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RE: [NYEdTech] My Brothers Keeper: How Can Data Empower Young Men of Color

From: Steve R.
Sent on: Sunday, August 31, 2014 3:14 PM

Agreed, but we - the ed tech industry - need to reframe the debate over the role of data in public education so that it is not focused chiefly on concerns about privacy and the security of student data.  Those concerns are indeed legitimate and we must work with stakeholders in the education community to address them, but we must also not allow fears about misuses of data to undermine important, legitimate efforts - such as, must recently, inBloom - to leverage data to improve teaching and learning. 

 

To reframe the debate, we must develop another narrative, one that explains why data have been and always will be central to the mission of public education.  See my blog post about this at http://steverappaport.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/reframing-the-data-debate-an-open-letter-to-the-education-industry/.

 

 

Steve

 

Dr. Steve Rappaport

Rappaport Consulting

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Steve Zimmerman
Sent: Sunday, August 31,[masked]:42 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [NYEdTech] My Brothers Keeper: How Can Data Empower Young Men of Color

 

Agreed, we shouldn't be afraid of data.

But we shouldn't worship it, either.

 

The efficacy of "data-driven" instruction and everything else is a shibboleth of accountability-based education reform and somewhat blindly accepted by most of us in EdTech because -- well, maybe because we build things that are very good at producing data.

 

Whether or not it really enhances the goals of education is far from certain. And there is much evidence to indicate that obsession with data and data-driven accountability is demoralizing to teachers.

 

I suggest reading this very thoughtful report by Marc Tucker from The National Center on Education and the Economy.

 

Have a wonderful holiday weekend, folks.

 

 

Steve Zimmerman

Open School EduTech, Inc.

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On Aug 30, 2014, at 8:41 PM, Mike Schoeffler wrote:



Nasir -

 

Cool article - I'm glad to learn about Data Jam.

 

We shouldn't be afraid of data. It can point to problems, suggest solutions, or measure movement. In the end, data's just a tool - and a very powerful one.

 

We're starting to hit success giving kids a jump on math in Newark. Only data can keep us from mistaking optimism for results.

 

Mike Schoeffler

 

On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM, Nasir Qadree <[address removed]> wrote:

EdTech Friends,

 

Check out a recent article from Edsurge that shares how technology and data could play a critical role in building platforms and apps for young men and boys of color. If you are a developer, data scientist, or engineer we need more of you building innovative tools that impacts our underserve students/communities.

 

Best,

Nasir 

 

Nasir C. Qadree on about.me

 

Nasir C. Qadree

 

 

"One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education."







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