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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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Is a better work ethic correlated to the level of education?

I've heard numerous times that less educated people have lower work ethics, but I've never seen any scientific papers on the subject. Is there any correlation between work ethic and level of education?...
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Are there no courses to teach medics how to handle pharmaceutical marketing?

David Healy, the controversial author of, inter alia, Pharmageddon rails against the credulity of many doctors in his latest blog arguing, for example: Recent estimates suggest companies spend over ...
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Are there no rules mandating disclosure of conflicts of interest for academic economists?

The documentary movie Inside Job is a polemical attack on and analysis of the policies and people who contributed to the 2008 financial crisis. It doesn't pretend to be a balanced view. Some of the ...
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Politicians claim there have been big “cuts” to education, has this ever occurred?

Some media have in the past reported that the education has been/or will be cut by the GOP at the federal level. For example: Bush Cuts Education 2002 budget. May 2, 2002 Sen Jack Reed of Rhode ...
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Are teacher salaries lower in high-need (low-income) school districts?

Research Spotlight on Hard-to-Staff Schools What characterizes "hard-to-staff" schools, those schools that have difficulty in finding and retaining qualified, effective teachers? Many are high-...
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Importance of teacher diversity in closing the achievement gap?

The Need for a Diverse Teaching Staff "It is also important to expose children to a diverse teaching staff within each of our schools. Every child has a basic right to a great public school with a ...
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Does Montessori daycare lead to higher educational achievement?

A Montessori curriculum contains these elements as essential elements: Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children aged 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common Student choice of ...
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Are Americans ignorant about the geography of the world?

Jenny Jinx tweeted (244 retweets, 31 favorites) Seriously, the Czech Republic released a statement to correct stupid Americans. I am so ashamed. Good grief. http://bit.ly/11mROu5 The linked ...
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Misconceptions about electric theory

Electric misconceptions This is a fairly big question, and is divided into three parts. One part is a separate question. The site lists several common misconceptions, and what the correct way of ...
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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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Do 20% of Australian children think pasta comes from animals?

Prominently displayed on the front page of noted nutrition advocate Jamie Oliver's web page is the claim that "20% of Australian children think pasta comes from animals". A google search shows that ...
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Do older school textbooks detract from the quality of education?

During the First Presidential Debate (October 3, 2012) I heard Barack Obama mention "10 year old textbooks" in a negative way. It means that the teacher that I met in Las Vegas, wonderful ...
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Are Americans less prosperous and less educated than their parents for the first time?

In the movie Inside Job, Matt Damon makes the following claim: For the first time in history, average Americans have less education and are less prosperous than their parents. Is that true? What ...
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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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Do (some) Louisiana schools teach the Loch Ness Monster as evidence for creationism?

A came across this article on addictinginfo.org. It quotes from this article in the Scotland Herald, describing Accelerated Christian Education in Louisiana. I quote: One ACE textbook – Biology ...
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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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Do charter schools perform better than other public schools?

I've heard calls for the ordinary public school system in my state to be replaced or supplemented with a charter school system (pdf warning). Do charter schools perform better or worse than other ...
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Did Ronald Reagan sign my Academic Fitness Award?

In the spring of 1986 (when I was in the fifth grade), I earned the Presidential Academic Fitness Award. Other than good grades and perhaps a good standardized test score from the time, I don't ...
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Is participating in competitive sport harmful to young children?

There is a proposal for all primary school children (ages 4 to 11) in England to play competitive team sports: Competitive team sports will be made compulsory for all primary age children, David ...
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Do high-school-leaving exams decide your future?

Tomorrow my daughter will take her Gaokao exams. This is China's national end of high school exam for university entrance - something akin to Americas SAT or GRE exams. It is commonly said that such ...
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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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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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Is the month of conception an important factor in a child's success?

This is a claim (or, rather, an hypothesis) made by Scott Adams in a recent blog post, "Parenting that Makes a Difference": My hypothesis is that the month you conceive is the most important ...
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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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Does abstinence-only sex education reduce the frequency of teenage sex or the rate of teenage pregnancy?

Many people in the USA and the UK are still advocating abstinence-only sex education that avoids giving advice to schoolchildren about topics such as contraception. The advocates of the abstinence ...
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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 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 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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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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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 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 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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