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The headline is totally counterintuitive....yes, I know that.
The longer I've studied education, the more I was shocked by how destructive most theories and methods are.
It's a lot like going to a hospital to report on illnesses there and finding that some of the nurses use dirty needles and filthy bandages. Patients have died because of this carelessness or this malevolence.
This article, on American Thinker, is a quick summary of the whole war. Once you get past the glittering claims, most of the methods used in our public schools are on the level of cheap magic tricks. There is some fairly simple explanation for an illusion. Once you see the trick, you have no respect for it.
K-12: The War against Children
Consider how the Education Establishment told the country in 1931 that phonics was dull and didn't work, children hated phonics, and we had to replace phonics with sight-words. That's the paradigm--lies and propaganda on behalf of something destructive. Everything has gone downhill since that lie. This was a war against children and a war against literacy.
Reform Math, Constructivism, there are literally dozens of pretty phrases that are the equivalent of dirty needles.