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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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Do one in three public school students wear at least partial animal costumes at school?

This video from Not the Bee, a somewhat popular American right-wing news site, claims, (quoted from YouTube's transcript, with punctuation added for readability and emphasis added to show the claim I'...
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Was an Alaskan college student expelled three days after refusing to sell a landmark heating discovery to industry?

According to a recent advertisement named Nov 03 making its rounds on YouTube (I saw it today attached to another video I wanted to watch), a college student named Martin from Fairbanks, Alaska was ...
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Do some North Korean math textbooks involve problems counting the "American imperialist" dead?

'We Are the Mighty' writes about propaganda in North Korea: Their "history" and text books [...] The lies even slide into math problems for their kids. Such as: During the Fatherland ...
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Did an Egyptian dean of Islamic Studies say "we have the right to enslave Israeli women whom we captured in the war and enjoy them sexually"?

According to The Intellectual Extremism of Al-Azhar by Maher Jabra: The statements of the former Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies for Women at Al-Azhar University, Dr. Souad Saleh, supported ...
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Did the ACLU prepare a lawsuit against The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem for gender discrimination?

The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem, formerly known as the The Young Women's Leadership Academy, is an all-girls charter school in Manhattan. The school's Wikipedia page contains an ...
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Was the "Chinese spy balloon" a project of the University of Fairbanks to study the weather above the North Pole?

When asked about his take on the balloon shot down that the US government say was a Chinese spy balloon, Seymour Hersh says it was more likely a [federally funded] project of the University of ...
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Did Elon Musk falsely claim to have a degree in science?

Elon Musk's Wikipedia page states that he has bachelor's degrees in physics and economics, referencing various sources including a biography by Ashlee Vance. … the University of Pennsylvania, where ...
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Do the most popular college books in the US include "The Communist Manifesto" & "The Republic"?

The mainstream media in China have reported several times that the most popular college books in the US include "The Communist Manifesto" & "The Republic". I have always ...
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Does a Portland Public Schools curriculum teach K-5 students to subvert “white colonizers”' sexuality and explore “the infinite gender spectrum”?

A recent article by [conservative activist] Christopher Rufo in City Journal, also cited at various places around the Internet such as The Daily Caller and Why Evolution is True, claims that: ...
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Are there 90% more computer science students and 90% fewer electrical engineering students than 50 years ago?

This article makes the claim that: While computer science course take-up had gone up by over 90 percent in the past 50 years, electrical engineering (EE) had declined by the same amount. The ...
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Did the government of Florida reject all K-5 maths books, except for ones issued by a specific ex-employer of a colleague of the current governor?

This article alleges that the only books approved by Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education were published by "Accelerate Learning", a company which happens to have ...
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Was 10-year old Australian girl assigned homework to discuss erections and ejaculations with her father?

The Paradise writes Australian MP: 10-year-old School Girls Assigned Homework to Ask Their Dads About “Erections and Ejaculation” Original clip about the matter can be viewed on channel claiming to ...
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Did textbooks rejected by the Florida DoE contain social-emotional learning or critical race theory?

The Florida department of Education recently claimed to have rejected a number of mathematics textbooks because, the department claimed, they contained elements of Common Core, critical race theory, ...
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Was phrenology taught in schools in Nazi Germany?

I was watching Europa Europa (1990). 66 minute into the film, there is a scene which depicts how German students were indoctrinated with phrenology – which is an abhorrent pseudoscience, in my opinion....
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Is it true that the Bennington College endowment is low because they declined donations to maintain academic independence?

Some (possibly dubious) college Q&A web sites (e.g. this one) make the claim that Bennington has a paltry endowment of $3.5 million, the result of a historical philosophy - now recognized by its ...
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Are LGBT activists allowed to make gender education in Kindergartens in Germany? [closed]

There are various rumors about this, particularly in the previous East Block. The goal of the activists is supposed to educate a more tolerant view for the children already in the early childhood. ...
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Does West Virginia have higher literacy rates than states like New York, California and New Jersey?

In response to Bette Midler saying that West Virginia is moving backward, and is poor, illiterate and strung out, (she apologised but didn't retract the statement as untrue) it's been claimed that ...
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Do school spelling tests increase reading or writing performance of students?

Elementary schools across the US often give weekly spelling lists that the students will be tested on at the end of the week. Clearly schools believe having kids learn to spell these words helps them ...
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Will there be more than 11 million job openings related to Data Science in India by 2026?

This Career Outlook for Data Scientist article claims that analyst predict that there will be more than 11 million job openings by 2026 in the field of data science. Does this claim makes sense given ...
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Does Norway spend $29,726 on child care per toddler annually?

I would like to verify the following chart (e.g. take Norway) in a New York Times article: (Note that multiple references in the article appear to define a toddler as being 0-2 years of age. They say ...
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Are people with a PhD least likely to be vaccinated in the US?

According to Unherd's summary of a CMU study [Title:] The most vaccine-hesitant group of all? PhDs [...] more surprising is the breakdown in vaccine hesitancy by level of education. It finds that the ...
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Is there a bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of sexism, slavery, and racial segregation?

Is there a critical race theory bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of the following topics: sexism, slavery, racial segregation, racial discrimination, including topics related to the enactment and ...
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Are US colleges awarding more A-scores?

On the June 4, 2021, episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the host makes the claim: In 1960s colleges awarded A's to 15% of the students. Now it is 45% of the students. Ref: Youtube clip from the ...
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Do 'wiggle chairs' help children to stay focused or learn better?

Wiggle chairs are seats designed to encourage a child to wiggle on them. They sometimes require balancing on something or regular fidgeting to keep upright. Supposedly this helps a child to focus by ...
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Does practicing writing essays make you better at writing essays?

We've all written innumerable essays from middle school onwards. All teachers appear convinced that this will improve students' essay writing skills. However, when trying to find out what this belief ...
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Does fast feedback result in greater expertise?

There are swathes of blogs and books promoting the notion that we should seek the quickest possible feedback to develop ours skill. The most prominent example I can think of comes from Daniel Kahneman'...
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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 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 with ...
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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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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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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 shortage ...
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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 ...
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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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