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We all want for our kids to have optimal learning experiences and, for ourselves, to stay competitive with lifelong learning. But how well do you think you understand what good learning looks like?
Ulrich Boser says, probably not very well. His new research on learning shows that the public is largely ignorant of, well, research on learning. Boser runs the science of learning initiative at the left-leaning thinktank the Center for American Progress. He has a new book out, also about the science of learning, titled "Learn Better."
He recently surveyed a representative sample of more than 3,000 Americans to test their beliefs about common learning myths.
"We wanted to document this gap between public perception and good practice," he told NPR Ed. "In our paper we call it the, 'Been there, done that' problem. People went to school, so they have a feeling they know what good teaching looks like."
But in fact, public opinion diverges from reality.
If you want to test your own knowledge, take our version of the Learning Myths quiz here. Then come back and read the rest of this post.