In December 2012 I went to Rosemary Lee’s On Taking Care symposium. One of the speakers was Raymond Tallis and he talked about (amongst other things) how data entry and bureaucracy stall or prevent opportunities for care. His words were:
each datum entered – or form completed – may be an opportunity for care lost
This doesn’t need too much bending to be useful for understanding how precious the time is between students and teachers. In other words, “each datum entered – or form completed – may be an opportunity for teaching and learning lost”.
I worry deeply about how easy it is to try and solve problems by inadvertently adding layers of bureaucracy that in turn interfere with opportunities for spending time with students.