“I think that people in this country have had enough of experts.”
His point was, in truth, a little more nuanced than that. Still, with Michael Gove’s interview with President-Elect Trump in the news today, and with edutwitter arguing about this rather controversial piece published just yesterday, and indeed with this published just two days ago, I am thinking about educational experts.
And yes, I’ve had enough of them.
In some fields, research involves randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trials, which to be trusted must be replicable. But not all. History, for instance, my own discipline, is generally considered to be a respectable academic subject: it involves careful studying of such evidence as survives. But it doesn’t involve the replication of randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trials, and I don’t think that makes History somehow deficient as a pursuit.
However. There is a big difference between the claims which historians make, and the claims…
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