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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 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 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 ...
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Does the Suzuki method outperform other music teaching methods?

The Suzuki method is influenced by the violinist Suzuki's observations of how children learn to speak their mother tongue. Some of the characteristics of the method are learning music by ear is ...
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If children use calculators in primary school, is their learning impacted?

Others are against using calculator in lower level math teaching, saying that it makes children not to learn their basic facts, prevents students from discovering and understanding underlying ...
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Are many successful entrepreneurs post-secondary education dropouts?

One often hears anecdotes about how successful CEOs / founders / entrepreneurs are college or university dropouts, usually bringing up the same set of examples with one or two CEOs du jour. Most ...
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On multiple choice tests, is your first answer usually correct?

Most of us have heard from one teacher or another that your first guess on a multiple choice questions is usually correct. The implication being that we shouldn't double guess our instincts when ...
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Does handwriting assist memory retention more effectively than typing?

I have both heard and experienced (perhaps as a placebo effect) that writing things out by hand allows the text to be better remembered than typing it. This particularly applies to taking notes ...
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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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Did “secular” mean “non-denominational”?

The Reverend Fred Nile MLC is leader of the Christian Democratic Party in Australia. In a letter to a major Australian newspaper on the subject of ethics classes as an alternative to Special Religious ...
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Can someone have a “gift for languages”?

In Australia, although it has changed significantly in the past 30 years due to migration, it is quite common for people of Anglo background to only speak one language. I learned my second language ...
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Do school uniforms improve student behavior?

Many of the advocates of school uniforms claim that uniforms for students in K-12 reduce behavior problems such as bullying. What evidence exists to support or contradict these claims? For example, ...
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Is dyslexia unheard of in Spain?

I've been told that dyslexia is unheard of in Spain, and presumably other Spanish-speaking cultures, because Spanish is pronounced as it is spelt. Is this true? Example: Cases of dyslexia and ...
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Are colleges/universities conspiring with book publishers to inflate prices of textbooks?

This video (2:16 to 2:55) makes several rather serious claims in the intro, although it is somewhat believable. The primary claims are that colleges and universities: Conspire with book publishers ...
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Can young children in the United States not identify common fruits and vegetables

On the television show Jame Oliver's Food Revolution there is a memorable scene, when he asks a Grade 1 class (I think) to identify common vegetable, such as potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli and radishes. ...
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Do masters degrees in education improve teaching performance?

Bill Gates makes the claim that Masters degrees don't increase the ability of teachers in his TED talk. What are the characteristics of this top quartile? What do they look like? You might think ...
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Are exams getting easier, or are students getting smarter?

There is an interesting trend in test scores in exams (GCSE and A-level) in the UK: they are increasing, or so the trend in the grades would tend to show. This is known as grade inflation and affects ...
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Are commercial language proficiency tests reliable indicators of language skills?

In my university, you must take TOEFL in order to graduate. It is not cheap. My English composition teacher told me that the test doesn't represent real English skills. But I got even more shocked ...
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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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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 people getting smarter or stupider in North America?

I've heard that people are complaining everyone are getting dumber because of popular culture and the Internet. I read an article in cracked that said people are actually getting smarter because of ...
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Are there auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners?

It's a common advice to find out whether a child is a auditory, visual or a kinesthetic learner. For some, auditory input is most valuable; others rely upon a visual style. Still others learn ...
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Do graduates from private secondary schools perform better in college than graduates from public schools?

I attended private schools from kindergarten through secondary school and was often told by the faculty that students who attended private schools got a better education, one that made them more ...
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Did Einstein as a student debate with his professor about God and Evil?

There has been numerous videos online claiming that Einstein as a student had a debate with an atheist professor about God. I read the text version of this story in forums and via hearsay, but I just ...
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Do performance based scholarships increase grade inflation?

For instance, in this wikipedia there is the (un-cited) criticism that a specific scholarship has led to grade inflation. HOPE has been blamed for increased levels of grade inflation in Georgia ...
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Was Einstein a poor student?

I've heard this repeatedly over the years, that Einstein was bad at math, that he was bad at history, that he was dyslexic. I also read somewhere in my youth that some of the " bad at math" stuff was ...
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What formal education did L Ron Hubbard have?

There are various claims that L. Ron Hubbard (the creator of Scientology) had degrees and doctorates. What formal education and qualifications did he have?
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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 ...