18 Myths about Education Debunked

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Below is a graphic I have bookmarked for several days now but forget about it till today. I spent some time going through its content together with checking some of the sources mentioned in the webliography in the bottom section and decided to share it with you here.


Sometimes I find myself at odds with the kind of terminology used to depict the key concepts illustrated in these graphics. If you still remember, a couple of days ago I posted here an excellent chart on alternatives to “traditional” homework and again the word traditional was just not palatable to me. In today’s graphic, the word “myth” is also contentious. Wouldn’t it be better to name them fallacies ? Just food for thought, what do you think!

Here is a brief overview of these “myths”

1. More Homework Means More Learning
2. More Money Means Better Schools
3. The Myth of Insurmountable Problems
4. Test Scores Are Related To Economic Competitiveness
5. Schools Alone Can Close The Achievement Gap
6. Private and Charter Schools Are Educating Kids Better
7. Teachers Are Clueless About The Content They Are Teaching
8. The “Teacher-Proof Myth”
9. Our Teachers Work Less And Get Paid More
10. Unions Defend Poor Teachers
11. Student Achievement Has Been Deteriorating For Decades
12. Teachers Are Solely Responsible For Learning
13. The Disadvantaged Don’t Have The Same Capacity To Learn
14. Schools Don’t Matter
15. Small Classes Would Produce Big Improvements
16. Teacher Preparation Matters Little For Student Achievement
17. Most Teachers Don’t Care
18. Credentials And Experience Don’t Matter. Only Content Knowledge Does

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