As a kid growing up in the south, I know the 3 F's in life very well.......Faith, Family, and Football. So just as much as it will pain you to read this, it hurts me twice is much to have to write it. However, the facts are the facts. As a social innovation firm, it is our job to fix problems in organizations from small businesses to school districts. Before we do anything, we must first diagnose the problem. This may not seem like great timing for this, with the season starting this week, but...

I know that what I am about to say is akin to pedagogical blaspheme but hear me out.  Being "data-driven" is starting to drive us nuts!  There...I said it. First there was an emphasis on data-driven decision-making, which is a necessary component of effective schooling.  As we began to delve into "data-driven instruction" and "data-driven testing," the slippery slope we were on should have become apparent.  Last week, the phrase "data-driven results" stopped me in my tracks. I mean, what does t...