Teachers are always looking for ways to improve. But when they go searching for help, it’s almost impossible to sort out which programs have solid evidence and which are just well-packaged elixirs. Online, in the mail, at conferences, they are bombarded with slick presentations of the “facts” about America’s educational troubles, followed by compelling tales of children “saved” by teachers who bought the latest program or attended Professor X’s new workshop.
Only a knowledgeable scientist could thoroughly sort through all the claims—but teachers need help now. They need a shortcut to strip claims down to their essentials, trace claims back to their origins, analyze the claims’ plausibility and research base, and finally decide what—or what not—to do. More