(First Published on December 6, 2020)
There’s something to be said for what you think is a lost cause. If you can’t do anything about it, at least raise a laugh – a joyful belly laugh or a nervous whimper or a knowing snigger – there are choices aplenty for those who will squeeze fun out of anything and lemonade out of lemons.
The Lying Kind
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics!” these lines attributed to Mark Twain, among many other contenders since the 1850s, got me thinking about the connection with what we are doing with numbers, kids and even schools these days. Actually we have probably been doing it since Mark Twain’s time too which might have prompted him to opine, “Never let school interfere with your education.” We have been reducing the kids to performance statistics, perhaps preparing them for performance appraisals in corporate life?
98% of our students have scored 90% or more says one institution
100% success rate! says another