Myths about Education

An Infographic by Open Colleges


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  • RobS

    #10 doesn’t seem like a widespread myth. 245 teachers in five years is not many. Especially given a profession that has millions of employees. Michelle Rhee in Washington, DC fired over 200 teachers in 2010 for performance. At the same time, she had recommended some big bonuses for teachers who did have strong performance. But 245 out of 3 million is a pretty small percentage.

  • Janice

    I think #9 is a misprint. Most classes are at least 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, 40 weeks a year–so minimum teaching time would be 1200 hours. That is just teaching time, and does not include prep and paperwork. I know this from experience….I had 6-50 minute classes per day 5 days a week.

  • Rene

    It would be interesting to see a similar article on learning in the church. Very little learning actually goes on at church.

  • Kent Haley

    this is why we need to rethink fed involvement in our education. Billions of $$. No results.

  • Chris Crane

    I have so many issues with this info-graphic I don’t even know where to begin. Most of the ideas presented are gross over simplifications of multifaceted, massive evolving issues which are highly subjective to states and localities. It seems to me that the primary purpose of graphics such as the one presented here and frequenly in publications like the Atlantic, Econimist, Ed. Weekly, etc. only serve to reinforce preconceived notions in order to perpetuate a vailed agenda (in this case: teachers are good; big government is bad). I believe that it is a disservice to the greater discussion of educational reform when we attempt to distill complex topics down to myopic, info-graffiti.

  • Chris Crane

    P.s. with regard to U.S. educational reform, why would I trust a publication produced by Open Colleges “Australia’s Leading Online Educator”…?