Why Conventional Wisdom On Education Reform Is Wrong (a primer)

As a teacher I’m told a lot of stories about how education works and how we are going to fix it. We tell the stories because they give us easy-to-understand enemies along with optimistic explanations of our problems. But these stories are not often based in evidence. And when they aren’t clearly wrong, they are much more complicated than the stories on the ground. I’m going to try to collect the stories I’m told and do my best to show why they are probably wrong or at least not clearly right.

1. The US spends a lot on…