“It’s amazing how much it’s possible to figure out by analyzing the various kinds of data I’ve kept,” Stephen Wolfram says. To which I say, “I’m looking at your data, and you know what’s amazing to me? How much of you is missing.”
This is the last paragraph of Robert Krulwich’s new article at NPR, titled Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Does The Data Tell It All?
In it, he compares authors of books, one by Stephen Wolfram, creator of a the Wolfram search engine, and Bill Bryson, author of a biographical account of growing up in Iowa.
The column, though not specifically about schools, hits a “bulls-eye” on our current data-driven madness.