Myths, Lies, Research and Vested Interests

Seems pertinent at this juncture…we have some choices to make.

Ian Gilbert Thinks What?

It seems that Newton’s Third Law rings true for more than just billiard balls. For every bit of research telling you ‘It’s like this’ there is an equal and opposite piece of research telling you, well, maybe it isn’t that simple.

Which suggests the question, why are certain people propagating certain messages about the nature of teaching, teachers, schools and children? What’s in it for them that the rest of the world should think like this? But that’s a whole other can of worms…

Anyhoo, here are the edited highlights (i.e. the bits that aren’t specifically US related although the myth, ‘International tests show that the United States has a second rate education system’ might ring true in the UK, Australia and everywhere else that isn’t Shanghai or Korea) from a book called the 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education. It…

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