The Enduring Attraction of the Flim-Flam Man

Jay P. Greene's Blog

It has been almost a decade since the publication of Education Myths.  At that time I was concerned that education policy was largely driven by emotional appeals and assumed facts.  “Don’t you love children?” and “we know education spending is plummeting” used to be regular arguments in policy discussions.  Ed Myths was a response to that type of policy argument and an attempt to demonstrate how systematic evidence could be used to inform policy-making.  I (along with co-authors Greg Forster and Marcus Winters) understood that the particular evidence we were citing would soon enough be out of date, but we hoped that our approach to using rigorous evidence could serve as a model for future policy debates.

Much progress has been made over the last nine years in the use of systematic evidence in education policy-making.  Mountains of data are being collected and scores of well-trained social scientists…

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