Reblog: de Bruyckere et al, Urban Myths about Learning and Education

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This is an examination of some of the most prevalent myths in education.  The authors are in the Hirsch/Willingham/Christoudoulou camp, and do examine some myths which have already been very effectively debunked elsewhere e.g. ‘Knowledge is as perishable as fresh fish’, ‘You learn better if you discover things for yourself’ and ‘People have different styles of learning’.  That is not to say, though, that the book has nothing new to offer.  The range of myths it examines is impressive.  They have chapters on ‘We only use 10% of our brains’; ‘People think most clearly when under pressure’; ‘Larger schools are better than small ones’; ‘Being left back has a positive effect on learning’, ‘Young people don’t read anymore’ and ‘More money means better education’, amongst many others.  The book was balanced and fair when dealing with all the myths – it feels like an attempt to gauge the true situation…

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