Education is a process of imparting knowledge. It is typically associated with the formal, systematic process that includes schools and trained teachers, but also includes the informal "word-of-mouth" method where knowledge is imparted through the telling of stories and folk-tales.

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Are Australian Teachers only paid for 25 hours/week?

This news article from news.com.au quotes Kathy Margolis : Despite all the time they put in, teachers are paid for just 25 hours a week, she added, as if they were part time. Is this true? Is ...
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Do most black scientists come from non elite-universities?

According to Vice News, Supreme Court Justice Scalia repeated a claim from one of the briefs: "Most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools," Scalia ...
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Did political analyst, Larry Sabato ever say “The higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote Democratic.”?

According to an Politifact article, Is education level tied to voting tendencies?, political analyst, Larry Sabato said: "The higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote ...
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Have Islamic prayers been introduced into Ontario public schools while Christian ones have been removed?

Recently I saw one of those chain letters circulating that made a number of lurid claims that looked suspect for me. Here's the first such claim: Islamic prayers have now been introduced into ...
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In literate countries, does more education lead to more economic growth?

In Matt Ridley's latest book he makes many challenges to widely accepted ideas. He challenges the widely held idea that more education is good. For example: Is there any evidence that it was ...
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Do long-time students at this particular school have an average IQ of 152.6?

This kindergarten guarantees that your child will reach IQ 140: http://toe-academy.jp/ ...
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Do Vietnamese schools officially require students to write with their right hands?

The Wikipedia article about bias against left-handed people states that In Vietnam, schools officially require students to write with their right hands, and some teachers of Grade 1 (when writing ...
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Can one hour of TV per day worsen GCSE grades?

Earlier today, I read a scientific article in the British newspaper The Daily Mail. The article in question states that one hour of TV/electronic devices can worsen your performance in GCSEs. A ...
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Is Roberto Nevilis the inventor of homework?

There is a claim that Roberto Nevilis invented homework in 1905. And it doesn't seem to be a recent meme - there are tons of pics for this meme: The person who invented homework was an Italian ...
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Do one third of American 8th graders think that Canada is run by a dictatorship?

According to this article in the nationalpost 33% of american 8th graders believe that Canada is run by a dictatorship: In recent results from the U.S. National Assessment of Educational Progress ...
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Is this tweet about classes one month after the Hiroshima bombing, and the 2011 tsunami accurate?

https://twitter.com/TheKnowledge/status/593936133358276609 Japan. Top: One Month After Hiroshima, 1945. Bottom: One Month After The Earthquake and Tsunami, 2011. Incredible. Are the images ...
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Do homeschooled kids perform better academically?

"The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests." Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. source I tried finding a primary source ...
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Do homeschooled kids lack socialization skills?

This article, Socialization: Tackling Homeschooling’s “S” Word on the PBS web site, claims, The mainstream perception of homeschool students is that they are an antisocial bunch, toiling away ...
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Do girls get better grades than boys at school?

According to The Atlantic, it's not even a question whether it's true. It's just a question of knowing why. According to the article it's based on "369 studies involving the academic grades of over ...
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Do private school students attain lower GPAs in college than “equal” public school students?

First, I realize this question is quite like this one, but I want to focus more on the college GPA and then relate it to two older studies. There are a few decades old study which show that public ...
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Does student selection by private schools negatively affect nearby public ones? [closed]

I've heard several times that the existence of private or "charter" schools near public schools in the US harms public schools specifically because it draws "stronger"(grade-wise or socioeconomically) ...
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Does “learning by teaching” have a 90% retention rate?

Studies that claims "learning by teaching" has a 90% retention rate cites a study published by "National Training Laboratories, Behel, Maine". However, that study is not available anywhere to confirm ...
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Will 1 in 4 American children grow up illiterate?

There's a Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow currently running. One stat in particular really stands out for me: Right now, 1 out of every 4 children in America will grow up illiterate. ...
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Summer Mathematics Workbooks for Elementary and Middle School

There is a wide variety of summer mathematics workbooks available for students in elementary and middle school (see here). With summer coming up, these books seem to be available everywhere. Thus my ...
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Does this video depict an accurate example of a Common Core math problem?

The following article has been circulating which includes a video that demonstrations a Common Core math problem: "This Common Core Math Problem Is So Absurdly Difficult It Stumps College Students and ...
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Is a better work ethic correlated to the level of education?

I've heard numerous times that less educated people have lower work ethics, but I've never seen any scientific papers on the subject. Is there any correlation between work ethic and level of ...
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Are Americans ignorant of geography and the world?

The meme of American ignorance in geography and world affairs seems to be pretty common in my experience. But, how much truth is there in it? While I'm inclined to believe that the US population is ...
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Are there benefits to holding a child back a year before starting kindergarten?

My wife and I are having a bit of a debate (I won't reveal which side I'm on!). Our situation is perfect for this question, as we have two daughters: one was born Sept. 15th, and the other on Aug. ...
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Has knowledge in mathematics in teenagers decreased through time?

I have been told that the level of knowledge in mathematics is much lower today than twenty or fifty years ago. Is it true? I'm looking for statistics that present the level of knowledge in ...
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Are there no courses to teach medics how to handle pharmaceutical marketing?

David Healy, the controversial author of, inter alia, Pharmageddon rails against the credulity of many doctors in his latest blog arguing, for example: Recent estimates suggest companies spend ...
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Is active recall testing more effective than passive study?

A claim made by Anki is that: Research has shown that active recall testing is far more effective at building strong memories than passive study. Definitions (from Anki): Active recall ...
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Are teacher salaries lower in high-need (low-income) school districts?

Research Spotlight on Hard-to-Staff Schools What characterizes "hard-to-staff" schools, those schools that have difficulty in finding and retaining qualified, effective teachers? Many are ...
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Importance of teacher diversity in closing the achievement gap?

The Need for a Diverse Teaching Staff "It is also important to expose children to a diverse teaching staff within each of our schools. Every child has a basic right to a great public school with a ...
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Does Montessori daycare lead to higher educational achievement?

A Montessori curriculum contains these elements as essential elements: Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children aged 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common Student choice of ...
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Are there no rules mandating disclosure of conflicts of interest for academic economists?

The documentary movie Inside Job is a polemical attack on and analysis of the policies and people who contributed to the 2008 financial crisis. It doesn't pretend to be a balanced view. Some of the ...
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Did Massachusetts have a higher literacy rate before compulsory schooling?

As per the title. This claim was made in the book "Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling" by John Taylor Gatto. He makes numerous dubious claims, however this one interested ...
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Do Punjab Board of Pakistan textbooks contain hate speech against non muslims?

For example as claimed here, A study by the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) on all ages of state textbooks in Punjab revealed that the instances of hate-speech and indoctrination ...
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Are Americans ignorant about the geography of the world?

Jenny Jinx tweeted (244 retweets, 31 favorites) Seriously, the Czech Republic released a statement to correct stupid Americans. I am so ashamed. Good grief. http://bit.ly/11mROu5 The linked ...
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Misconceptions about electric theory

Electric misconceptions This is a fairly big question, and is divided into three parts. One part is a separate question. The site lists several common misconceptions, and what the correct way of ...
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Are Americans less prosperous and less educated than their parents for the first time?

In the movie Inside Job, Matt Damon makes the following claim: For the first time in history, average Americans have less education and are less prosperous than their parents. Is that true? What ...
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Do non-educated people tend more to the right/conservative political wing?

This is a common prejudice in my social environment, but is it true? Are educated people more likely to vote for a social/left wing party? Examples: [1]; [2].
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Do (some) Louisiana schools teach the Loch Ness Monster as evidence for creationism?

A came across this article on addictinginfo.org. It quotes from this article in the Scotland Herald, describing Accelerated Christian Education in Louisiana. I quote: One ACE textbook – Biology ...
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Is Khan Academy effective at teaching?

For a research project I've decided to look at the merits of teaching through video compared to teaching through the medium of a lecture. This lead me to Khan Academy, a website launched in 2006 with ...
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Do 20% of Australian children think pasta comes from animals?

Prominently displayed on the front page of noted nutrition advocate Jamie Oliver's web page is the claim that "20% of Australian children think pasta comes from animals". A google search shows that ...
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Do older school textbooks detract from the quality of education?

During the First Presidential Debate (October 3, 2012) I heard Barack Obama mention "10 year old textbooks" in a negative way. It means that the teacher that I met in Las Vegas, wonderful young ...
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Do charter schools perform better than other public schools?

I've heard calls for the ordinary public school system in my state to be replaced or supplemented with a charter school system (pdf warning). Do charter schools perform better or worse than other ...
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Are teachers in the United states paid poorly?

At the last "Save Our Schools" rally, Matt Damon said: So you think job insecurity is what makes me work hard? I want to be an actor. That’s not an incentive. That’s the thing: See, you take this ...
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Is college worth the cost for most Americans?

A recent Pew survey found: A majority of Americans (57%) say the higher education system in the United States fails to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend. ...
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Do individuals rise to the level expected of them?

In "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey gives an anecdote about a computer error in England in which a group of 'bright' students are accidentally labelled as 'dumb' and a group of ...
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Do flashcards for babies improve literacy or numeracy?

Baby flashcards have grown in popularity. They are advertised with seemingly amazing effects, like 1½ year old reading and counting. On the other hand academics seem to either say that they don't ...
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Is participating in competitive sport harmful to young children?

There is a proposal for all primary school children (ages 4 to 11) in England to play competitive team sports: Competitive team sports will be made compulsory for all primary age children, David ...
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Do high-school-leaving exams decide your future?

Tomorrow my daughter will take her Gaokao exams. This is China's national end of high school exam for university entrance - something akin to Americas SAT or GRE exams. It is commonly said that such ...
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Is the academic dress originally derived from Avicenna's style of clothing?

There is this claim that the Academic Dress (shown below) is originally derived form Avicenna's style of clothing. I wonder if it's true. Here is a link to a sample of this claim. Discussion on ...
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Do 33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives?

I've seen this statistic reported on several sites (for example, Those Who Don't Build Must Burn and Want To Do Meaningful Work? Keep Reading. Literally), along with a list of other startling numbers. ...
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Are chances of succeeding in life increased if in school you were either the best or the worst?

I heard one day on the radio about a study that showed that people that in school were the best or the worst are the ones more likely to succeed in life. If you are in the middle of the bunch you will ...