On polls and the ‘best’

From Brain Gain Network: BGN Poll: Which is the Best Engineering School in the Philippines?

We love ranking things. The best this, the best that.

I think that our focus on ranking things misses a lot.

I don’t want to know what the best engineering school in the Philippines is.

I want to know what makes schools good and what makes schools bad.

That way, there won’t be just one “best” school; there’ll be a lot of great ones.