My first thought was that the real teachable moment here is to start collecting our own kind of data-- chart haircuts per month, length of toenails, number of spoonfuls of cereal at breakfast. Then we could all learn that data is just data, just as useful or useless as the means used to collect it. Then we could talk about what data does and doesn't tell us about the human beings in class. Then we could talk about why the current obsession with data is a bunch of hooey.
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