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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 there actual cases of school libraries refusing to lend books to children that are outside their determined reading level?

In the article Three Myths About “Reading Levels” (Feb 28, 2017) published by Psychology Today, it is asserted (emphasis mine): Unfortunately, though, the ubiquity and precision with which these ...
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Does cooperative learning reliably improve educational outcomes?

Usually when I see teachers or lecturers doing something that I don't agree with (either as a student, or as an educator), I can delve into the educational literature and find support for my position. ...
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Does learning a language improve memory and concentration skills?

When using the language learning app Duo Lingo messages often popup when the lessons are loading. One of those messages that pop up is the claim Learning a language improves memory and ...
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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

The Patheos blog and WKRC local12 report: The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the "Student Religious Liberties Act." Under the law, students can't be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong ...
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Are Democrats more likely to believe Astrology is a science?

In an answer on politics.SE, a Northwestern University study was highlighted, whose main findings included: more Democrats than Republicans think astrology is scientific Using Fisher’s Exact Test, ...
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Did a series of PSAs about surveillance culture lead to schools in New Mexico getting Ritalin eliminated as a behavior-modifying drug?

I was reading up on Godfrey Reggio’s film, Koyaanisqatsi (1982) when I came across this claim on Wikipedia regarding some PSAs (public service announcements) he made for the ACLU in New Mexico in the ...
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Did Hitler say this quote about education?

On How Hitler Stopped Homeschooling they say Hitler said this: “The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth ...
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Has student enrollment in economic degrees fallen?

In his 2011 book "Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor Dethroned?", Steve Keen says: I am curious about the "falling student enrollments" claim. Is this true? I have struggled to find good ...
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Do people with ADHD have a college graduation rate of 5%?

I have been seeing people on social media say that the college/university graduation rate of people with ADHD is around only 5%. According to this Medscape article, ADHD: Recent Advances in ...
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Did Chinese school textbook maps (c. 1951) “depict China as stretching even into the central Asian republics”?

In Marshall (Prisoners of Geography, 2015) writes: In 1951, China annexed Tibet (another vast non-Han territory) and by then Chinese school textbook maps began to depict China as stretching even ...
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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

On Reddit, Facebook and elsewhere, a picture went mildly viral claiming that in the USA, a kindergarten is using corporate logos to teach the alphabet: The posts or their comments do not include any ...
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Are participation medals / trophies a widespread phenomenon? [closed]

I've heard a lot of rumours about this, its a common suggestion that "Millenials" are lazy and entitled, partly because they were given "participation medals" in school. By searching the web, I have ...
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Is it useful for K12 students to be equipped with laptops? [closed]

In an education technology conference held recently, Microsoft was promoting several new brands of relatively-cheap laptops/tablets for use by schoolchildren. Microsoft's "general manager of ...
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Does New York City have a room for teachers suspected of sexually assaulting pupils? [closed]

This question over on Politcs.SE created a lot of argument over the pros and cons of unions in public services. One particular comment dated January 2017 by K Dog caught my eye: NYC is the worst. ...
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Are American schools frequently short of essential textbooks?

Computer scientist and journalist Meredith Broussard recently wrote a skeptical perspective on the uses and benefits of computers called Artificial Unintelligence. One of the stories she tells where ...
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Is at least $70 million in health care costs in the USA directly attributable to low literacy?

According to the Gaston Literacy Council of Gastonia, North Carolina: Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year. That website does not ...
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“Give me a child” Quote from B. F. Skinner

B.F. Skinner has been quoted all over the place on the internet (e.g. PsychologyDegreeGuide) to say Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything I am starting to think he didn't as I am yet to ...
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Does attending a highly ranked high school in the US increase one's future success?

At the very least in the US it is widely believed that sending one's kids to a highly ranked high school is paramount, to the point where parents deliberately move to a better school district just to ...
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Only half of students graduating with a STEM degree [in 2009] were able to find STEM jobs [then]

From a 2013 EPI report as highlighed in an article published in The American Prospect: As the EPI report lays bare, the common wisdom about our STEM problem is mistaken: We are not facing a ...
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The average age of a highly skilled factory worker in the U.S. is 56 (or so)

In a 2012 NYT piece we read that The average age of a highly skilled factory worker in the U.S. is now 56. “That’s average,” says Hal Sirkin, the lead author of the study. “That means there’s a lot ...
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Is generic creativity and critical thinking impossible to teach or assess?

In the article 'Growth mindset' just another platitude published by the Center for independent studies, the author makes the claim that Generic creativity or critical-thinking skills are ...
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Is sponsoring a child responsible for people going to university in Mongolia?

An ad from World Vision advertised on Channel Seven today: A gift that lasts a lifetime | World Vision Australia (another Aussie mentioned TV personality's Melissa Doyle's story to me previously, so ...
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Did Russia have over a million universities in 2005? [closed]

According to the European University Institute's Academic Careers Observatory, in 2005 Russia had over a million degree-granting institutions: In 2005, Russia had 1,196,350 universities and higher ...
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Was there a picture of Freud above a urinal at Washington University?

From New Yorker's "Why Freud Survies": Psychoanalysis was also taking a hit within the medical community. Studies suggesting that psychoanalysis had a low cure rate had been around for a while. But ...
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Is self-discipline more important than IQ in predicting academic performance?

There is one highly cited (>1K citations in Google Scholar) study titled "Self-discipline outdoes IQ in predicting academic performance of adolescents", and quoting from its abstract: Self-...
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Does Steven Milloy hold the degrees he claims?

Steven Milloy describes himself on Twitter @JunkScience as Author, 'Scare Pollution: Why and How to Fix the EPA.' Trump EPA transition team. Statistician. Fmr SEC atty, mutual fund mgr, coal exec, &...
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Did Brock Chisolm, the first director of the United Nations WHO, say this anti-individualism quote about a “world government”?

Did Brock Chisolm, first Director General of the United Nations World Health Organization, say this quote? To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their ...
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Does Alberta law require homeschooling parents to not teach that homosexuality is a sin?

This 2012 Patheos article claims Section 16 of Alberta's 2012 education act it forces parents not to teach that homosexuality is a sin as part of their official schooling, but I can't confirm it.
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Does the PX Project increase reading speed by an average of 386%?

Wanting to improve my own reading speed, I found the following as the first result of a Google search: The PX Project, a single three-hour cognitive experiment, produced an average increase in ...
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In California, does it cost more to send someone to prison than to send them to Stanford?

According to Bernie Sanders' Facebook page: Is this statement true?
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Do comprehensive Sex Ed programs reduce teenage sexual activity?

Nicole Cushman claims in Vice: "[P]arents seem to be under the impression that teaching this information was going to encourage the kids to go out and have sex." "We know from decades of ...
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Is taking classes after school hours punishable? [closed]

Saw this on Facebook today. In what context is this applicable (if at all it is)? And what does it have to do with collective punishment? Are they referring to keeping the whole class back or keeping ...
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Does mixed-sex education increase violence in schools?

TSA-Alerie reports [French] that a poster on a conference at the National Library of Algeria has a controversial claim: La mixité sexuelle à l’école est la cause numéro un de la violence scolaire ...
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Is the level of support for evolution decreasing in Europe?

The following three articles claim (or suggest) that the level of support for evolution (among the big public) (see wiki > level of support for evolution for definition) is decreasing in Europe. From:...
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Are “young white boys… educationally underprivileged”?

From this announcement: Applications for the Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant, a college tuition grant created by Breitbart News Senior Editor MILO exclusively for white men, are now being accepted....
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Are top quartile teachers radically better than their colleagues?

Bill Gates claimed in his TED talk Mosquitos, malaria and education: A top quartile teacher will increase the performance of their class -- based on test scores -- by over 10 percent in a single ...
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Was a “new world religion” memorandum signed in Strasbourg in June 2014?

There is a document which is shared on the internet these days. I saw it in Romanian language and then searching a bit, I found it in English as well: it refers to a "memorandum" signed in Strasbourg ...
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Do people who like Lil Wayne score low in the SAT?

I found a picture on facebook quoting results of a recent study. It states that, A study found that people who said their favourite music is by Lil Wayne scored the lowest on the SAT. Has anyone ...
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Does South Korea have more institutions teaching German literature than Germany?

In the Financial Times article on educational achievement, the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore is noted as claiming in a May 2015 speech that South Korea has more institutions teaching ...
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Are scary fairy tales beneficial for children's psychological development?

There seems to be a popular claim amongst psychiatrists that scary, cruel and other ethically questionable traditional fairy tales are beneficial for the development of a child's mind. People ...
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Do children in daycare have elevated cortisol levels?

An article named Children's elevated cortisol levels at daycare is used to argue against daycare. Our main finding was that at daycare children display higher cortisol levels compared to the home ...
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Is school homework beneficial? [duplicate]

I think it’s safe to say that conventional wisdom holds that homework is a helpful part of children’s school education. This conventional wisdom is challenged by the likes of Alfie Kohn who contend ...
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Does homework improve student performance?

There is a post circulating social media reportedly from a second grade teacher in North Texas stating that she will not assign homework for the upcoming school year to her students: After much ...
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Do only 49% of Americans know which country bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

From Alternet: Ignorant America: Just How Stupid Are We?, July 1, 2008 (referring to polls conducted over the past three decades): Which country dropped the nuclear bomb? Only 49% [of Americans ...
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Is sexual harassment of girls increasing in schools?

This article claims that experts told UK MP's that sexual harassment is increasing in schools because of internet pornography. However, I haven't seen any references to studies done on the subject so ...
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Does the US spend more on prisons than public education?

I have heard often that the US as a whole or States in it "spend more on prisons than on schools". This is apparently true for higher education, but I am interested in schools as in public education (...
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Did Ed Trice force the rescoring of a national standardized math test?

"What's the largest number you can represent with 3 digits? Nope. It's not 999." is the title of a LinkedIn blog post by Ed Trice of Lightning Cloud Computing. Since its publication on 16 March 2016 ...
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Did almost half of 1000 adults fail a fifth-grade math test?

On several YouTube videos, one being this one, the descriptions of these videos include something like: Recent studies have shown that almost HALF of over 1000 adults tested were unable to pass a ...
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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 it ...
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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 said, ...