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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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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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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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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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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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Is the Western 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 a ...
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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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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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What is Jacob Barnett predicted to win the Nobel prize for? [closed]

Jacob Barnett is a young prodigy that is currently pursuing a Master's degree in a quantum physics related field at the age of 15. A couple of months ago, I spotted a number of special interest ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is “Your Baby Can Read” effective and helpful?

I have seen these videos advertised online and on TV, and they make some pretty fantastic claims, showing kids as young as 2 reading complicated words. From what I can find online, it uses a ...
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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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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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When is praise for children harmful?

There seems to be a growing movement of people who thing that praise is bad for children, as for example on the Not School blog. The thesis seems to be: A child who receives praise, rewards, and ...
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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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Are girls and boys pre-programmed to behave… like girls and boys?

My dad claims that even as toddlers, my sister and I knew which toys to play with. For example, I would always pick up toy guns, Action Man, and other similar toys. She would always pick up Barbie. He ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Did Brock Chisolm, the first director of the United Nations WHO, say this 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 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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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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Is Roberto Nevilis the inventor of homework?

There is a claim that Roberto Nevilis invented homework in 1905 (sic). And it doesn't seem to be a recent meme - there are tons of pics for this meme claiming: The person who invented homework 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/ IQ140以上を保証する託児型知能教&#...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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Boys and girls and co-education: what works best?

I've heard it said many times that boys perform better when they are in the same classroom as girls and girls perform better when they are by themselves. Is there any evidence to support this claim?
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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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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, ...