Which students would you choose to have with you in a crisis? Students with a high ATAR, or students who showed compassion, creativity, and problem solving skills? Students who are good at sitting exams, or students who show determination, persistence, and integrity? Some of the best people I know never finished school at all.
Why does it matter if the Y axis doesn't start at 0? Let's see!
Everything we do sends a signal about who we are, and what we value. Nowhere is that more evident, or more neglected, than in education. My son has his final year 12 exams today. Every step of the process has made me angrier and angrier about the ways in which we try to ensure "objectivity", and wind up causing immense distress, and entrenching disadvantage in the system.
When we think of statistics, it has a nasty tendency to stir up school based maths trauma, which can make us feel dumb and slow. It conjures the spectre of monstrously complicated equations, low marks on maths tests, and ideas we can't even imagine being able to understand.
Artificial Intelligence is not the problem. It’s our education system that needs to become intelligent, and fit for purpose at last. ChatGPT could be the kick that we've been waiting for - an impetus that could propel us into a more engaging, useful, and valid form of education.