By Arun Ramanathan
With baseball season starting, I’ve been reading scouting reports on my favorite team. Because my immigration journey started in Philadelphia, I am cursed to spend my life as a Phillies fan. The scouting reports all say that the Phillies will be terrible. But after spending countless hours scanning baseball stats for a glimmer of hope, I gave up and started thinking about the future of statistical analysis in education.
For most of the last century, baseball and education had a lot in common. Most folks thought that baseball was all about talent. Playing the game well was characterized as an art. Managers trusted their hunches and used their gut feelings to guide their decision making. The important thing was playing the “right way” and honoring tradition.