James Pembroke

We must dodge being too doggedly directed by data

There’s more than one way to student success, so let’s not rely too much on snapshots of data

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On a recent run in the Cotswold Hills, I learnt an unexpected lesson about the reliability of data.

There I was, running along, when I was approached through the woods by a family with three terriers. Two of the dogs were jostling for position out in front, neither particularly interested in me. A much older dog was bringing up the rear, ambling along at his own pace several metres behind.

I exchanged greetings with the humans, while the old dog interrupted his study of the moss growing on a drystone wall to eye me suspiciously as I ran past.

I headed on up the path towards the top of the ...

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