.>> We can sit and argue aesthetics all day; we can point to successes or failures with individual students; we can make analogies between teaching and how Shakespeare wrote his plays, or how a village raises a child, or whatnot. Numeric measures may be biased, or may not measure quite the right quantity, and one may argue about how to improve the measures, or interpret the scores -- but without them, it's all wind.>>
Very nice post. Quick, you need to alert all the "social science" departments up there at Stanford to shut down immediately. Any pretense of measuring anything related to humans is in vain.
And to Mike. Upon reflecting on your post today at work, I think perhaps there's an air of religous fervor which permeates it. Your views can't be measured, it can't be replicated. You just know yourself to be correct. And, you may well be correct. But, like issues of faith, any discussion is nearly impossible given your premise.