Seth Godin’s daily post begins with a couple of interesting lines.
As soon as we measure something, we seek to improve the numbers.
Which is a worthwhile endeavor, if better numbers are the point of the exercise.
Is he writing about standardized test scores?Â No. As is usual, Godin is presenting his thoughts about a business issue.
However, between that opening and his concluding paragraph…
The questions we ask change the thing we make. Organizations that do nothing but measure the numbers rarely create breakthroughs. Merely better numbers.
… it’s not hard to see plenty of overlap with our adoration of numbers (aka “data”) – and a corresponding lack of breakthroughs – in current education policy.