Education mythbusters

Just a quick post to share an op-ed from yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. Two educational researchers attempt to “bust” five “myths about education.”

What I like is that the list should give some pause to almost everyone. I recommend that you read the short article for details, but quickly, the five myths are: 1) schools have suffered big cutbacks; 2) more money means better schools; 3) our schools are performing terribly; 4) educational choice is a  cure-all; and 5) it’s society, and not schools, that matter.

Something here to make almost everyone either happy, or mad. Enjoy.


  1. howard beale

    Is this one of these articles that don’t apply to Utah? Because class sizes in Utah are larger than ever, wages are stagnant. Paraprofessionals have been reduced across the board. I’m not sure what reality this is going to be but it’s not the reality of Utah’s schools for Utah’s children…

    • Mary McConnell

      As I’ve said before, Utah may well have the luxury of increasing education spending (in part because it has not embraced the spend and spend more policies that have driven so many states to a fiscal edge.) But that still leaves the question of HOW to spend any additional incremental funds. The evidence presented in the article also suggests that providing more resources alone does not generate improvement. We need to spend strategically . . . not just spend more.

  2. Fred the Fourth

    Anytime school budgets come up in debate, I ask: What percentage of salaries are paid to classroom teachers, and what percentage to administration / district staff? If you look at the trends in various states (California being a particularly horrifying example) since about 1970, you will see where the budget sinks are.

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