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Subversive Record Keeping

Laura Weintraub

The teacher who completes the daily attendance sheet, the school secretary who collates and enters the 'data' into registers or computers, the programmer who's ensured that the computer will collect and sift attendance and enrolment figures, the attendance counsellor, truant officer, or principal who acts (or fails to act) on the print-out's information, the administrators and planners who review, revise, and plan school programs using system-wide aggregate attendance data, all have two things in common. First, each is a representative of society's vested interests in education. Second, each is in a position to subvert those interests.

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