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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 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, ...
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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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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 ...
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Have Islamic prayers been introduced into Ontario public schools while Christian ones have been removed?

Recently I saw one of those chain letters circulating that made a number of lurid claims that looked suspect for me. Here's the first such claim: Islamic prayers have now been introduced into ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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 girls get better grades than boys at school?

According to The Atlantic, it's not even a question whether it's true. It's just a question of knowing why. According to the article it's based on "369 studies involving the academic grades of over ...
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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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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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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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In literate countries, does more education lead to more economic growth?

In Matt Ridley's latest book he makes many challenges to widely accepted ideas. He challenges the widely held idea that more education is good. For example: Is there any evidence that it was ...
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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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Did political analyst, Larry Sabato ever say “The higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote Democratic.”?

According to an Politifact article, Is education level tied to voting tendencies?, political analyst, Larry Sabato said: "The higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote ...
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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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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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Do Vietnamese schools officially require students to write with their right hands?

The Wikipedia article about bias against left-handed people states that In Vietnam, schools officially require students to write with their right hands, and some teachers of Grade 1 (when writing ...
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Can one hour of TV per day worsen GCSE grades?

Earlier today, I read a scientific article in the British newspaper The Daily Mail. The article in question states that one hour of TV/electronic devices can worsen your performance in GCSEs. A ...
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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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Do flashcards for babies improve literacy or numeracy?

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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Do one third of American 8th graders think that Canada is run by a dictatorship?

According to this article in the nationalpost 33% of american 8th graders believe that Canada is run by a dictatorship: In recent results from the U.S. National Assessment of Educational Progress — ...
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Do homeschooled kids perform better academically?

"The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests." Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. source I tried finding a primary source for ...
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Do homeschooled kids lack socialization skills?

This article, Socialization: Tackling Homeschooling’s “S” Word on the PBS web site, claims, The mainstream perception of homeschool students is that they are an antisocial bunch, toiling away lonely ...
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Do private school students attain lower GPAs in college than “equal” public school students?

First, I realize this question is quite like this one, but I want to focus more on the college GPA and then relate it to two older studies. There are a few decades old study which show that public ...
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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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Does student selection by private schools negatively affect nearby public ones? [closed]

I've heard several times that the existence of private or "charter" schools near public schools in the US harms public schools specifically because it draws "stronger"(grade-wise or socioeconomically) ...
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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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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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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 testing: ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...