Beliefs trump facts

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Salman Hameed in The Guardian: Millions of individuals in the UK believe in UFOs and ghosts. Yet we know that there is no credible evidence for any visitation from outer space or for some dead souls hanging out in abandoned houses. On the other hand, there is now overwhelming evidence that humans and other species on the planet have evolved … Read More

Swedish-style ‘free schools won’t improve standards’ | Education | guardian.co.uk

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Hundreds of parent groups have expressed interest in setting up the schools, which are funded by the state but are independent of town hall control and run by independent organisations. But Per Thulberg, director general of the Swedish National Agency for Education, said the schools had "not led to better results" in Sweden. Michael Gove, the shadow education secretary, believes … Read More

Schools that beat the odds. — Crooked Timber

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What’s the upshot? It is not that there are no schools that beat the odds; rather it is i) that very few schools do beat the odds, few enough for us to wonder whether there is very much to learn from them, ii) that we don’t have any reason to think that the schools identified as beating the odds are … Read More

Schools that beat the odds. — Crooked Timber

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What’s the upshot? It is not that there are no schools that beat the odds; rather it is i) that very few schools do beat the odds, few enough for us to wonder whether there is very much to learn from them, ii) that we don’t have any reason to think that the schools identified as beating the odds are … Read More

Summary of research on parent engagement

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Benefits of parent involvement for SCHOOLS: • Improves teacher morale • Higher ratings of teachers by parents • More support from families • Higher student achievement • Better reputations in the community [and more] Source: here

The Other Thirteen – Practical Theory

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why is it that Jay Matthews, the New York Times, the Education Empowerment Project, the US DoE and so many others so willing to promote a myth? Because it is easier… because if we could only believe that we could solve all the problems of educating students in poverty with charismatic school leaders and hard working teachers… and that all … Read More

Parental choice on primary schools ‘increases social divide’ | Education | guardian.co.uk

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Giving parents a choice over primary schools increases the social divide, a study reveals. The majority of poor parents pick their child's primary school because it is close to their home, while nearly half of middle-class parents opt for a school for its academic record, researchers found… They asked 11,533 parents why they preferred one school to another on application … Read More