Five Big Ideas in Education That Don’t Work

Every now and then, an absolutely great idea comes along.  When it does, and it’s brought to the marketplace, the market (that is, the audience it is released to) will ultimately decide if it is a great idea, or if it’s not.  If it’s a great idea, like the iPhone, it will be embraced, and eventually become part of the fabric of our existence.  But even great ideas and best practices, however, can disappear or change over the course of time when a better idea comes along, or the best practice is replaced by an even better practice, which then becomes the new best practice…at least until the next one comes along.

Then there are those other ideas that seem great, but just don’t have what it takes to make it in the market.  They could, however, be great in another market vertical, such as the technology developed to assist in hospital billing which became a way for schools to improve their tuition capture, or the super strong adhesive that 3M was trying to develop that turned into an adhesive that didn’t adhere very well, thereby creating Post-It Notes.

This story from NPR spotlights Dr. John Hattie, an educational researcher with a Ph.D. in statistics and measurement.  While big ideas might sound like they could be “the next big thing” for learning, Hattie says the statistics tell the real story.

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