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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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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Abstinence-based vs comprehensive sex education [closed]

I have seen two contradictory claims, which seem like impossible to coexist in the same universe: Abstinence-based sex education does not delay onset of sexual life. (Most studies say so, there is 1 ...
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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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Are 50% of adults in Rhode Island functionally illiterate?

Where "functionally illiterate" might be defined as "reading at or below a 4th grade level." I remember reading this statistic somewhere quite a while ago, but I cannot now find the reference. ...
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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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Baby flashcards: good or bad?

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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Which publishers provide reference for scientific topics and latest research in a handbook format? [closed]

I'm curious and looking for books specially handbooks which cover all the breadth of latest research provided for a specific scientific topics. I've already found one publisher which is Cambridge ...
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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 ...
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Did Ronald Reagan sign my Academic Fitness Award?

In the spring of 1986 (when I was in the fifth grade), I earned the Presidential Academic Fitness Award. Other than good grades and perhaps a good standardized test score from the time, I don't ...
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Politicians claim there have been big “cuts” to education, has this ever occurred?

Some media have in the past reported that the education has been/or will be cut by the GOP at the federal level. For example: Bush Cuts Education 2002 budget. May 2, 2002 Sen Jack Reed of Rhode ...
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Did Einstein say “if you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough”?

A very popular quote attributed to Albert Einstein but did he really say it? If so, what is the original document containing the original explanation of it?
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Are people unable to go to school because they can't afford uniforms?

In the middle of a blog post on human trafficking, it's claimed: Another way to be involved with this issue is to help prevent boys and girls from being trafficked in the first place. Many of ...
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Do “digital natives” process information in fundamentally different ways

Marc Prensky defines the term digital natives, referring to people who were born after digital computers were popular. He claims that they process information in fundamentally different ways. Our ...
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Is the month of conception an important factor in a child's success?

This is a claim (or, rather, an hypothesis) made by Scott Adams in a recent blog post, "Parenting that Makes a Difference": My hypothesis is that the month you conceive is the most important ...
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Does abstinence-only sex education reduce the frequency of teenage sex or the rate of teenage pregnancy?

Many people in the USA and the UK are still advocating abstinence-only sex education that avoids giving advice to schoolchildren about topics such as contraception. The advocates of the abstinence ...
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Do number systems in native languages affect math performance?

This blog post said that Asians are good at math because Asian languages have less-confusing number systems: So if it’s not the schools, what accounts for Asians succeeding in math across different ...
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Are classrooms with students of the same age a counter-productive way to learn?

Sir Kenneth Robinson in one of his speeches raised doubts about educating children according to their age group. A summation of the claim, that starts at 06:34 of the video, is that our current ...
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Do people who write down their goals achieve them?

In my high school 10 years ago, and at least 10 years prior and to this day, the staff has been using the Power of Positive Students (POPS) program to motivate students to do better and stuff. They ...
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Does the existence of private education lower the standard of education in a country overall? [closed]

A recent article in The Atlantic talks about Finland's education system, and how the lack of any private educational institutions contributes to its status as one of the World's best. ...Yet one ...
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Does Sallie Mae earn more from defaulted education loans than properly repaid ones?

I was sent an article by Catherine Austin Fitts, the author of the Solari Report, entitled William M. Diefenderfer: The Financial Hit Man of Student Loans. It contained some rather striking claims ...
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Does raising grading standards improve learning?

A Law College is proposing to raise the required grade average from 5/10 to 7/10 to graduate, claiming that it's going to improve the students overall performance. Are there any studies to support ...