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Letter: Public Schools: Liars Figure

John Owens’ column “Public School Data: Numbers Beyond Belief” deserves a great big “attaboy” for going to the heart of the problem. Being a math teacher, I would say to the kids, that in statistics, “figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” And  when the city presented data that “garbage in results in garbage out,” they are trying to quantify the unquantifiable. In my career I’ve seen some of this, but the use by NYC is mind-blowing.

What fraud. But the New York State Education Department seems to be promoting this, including coming up with a number to rate teachers. What an insult to teachers to think that the efforts to motivate kids, the creativity, the dedication, the ability to put on a “dynamic show” five times a day, five days a week can be reduced to a number.

 

Clearly, the people running education today, from federal to state and local levels, did little teaching, if any (the commissioner has one year in public school and two years in a charter school).

 

C. Vincent Pane, Ed.D.