Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Arrogant Ignorance of Campbell Brown: Education Journalism in Decline | gadflyonthewallblog

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The Arrogant Ignorance of Campbell Brown: Education Journalism in Decline


Apparently facts don’t matter much to Campbell Brown.

Though her latest “fact” about public schools has once again been shown to be more truthiness than truth, she refuses to retract it.
During an interview published in Slate where she gave advice to the next president, she said:
“Two out of three eighth graders in this country cannot read or do math at grade level. We are not preparing our kids for what the future holds.”
It’s a scary statistic. The problem is it’s completely unsupported by evidence.
And when education experts called her out on it, she complained that SHE was being attacked.
When pressed, Brown admitted she got this figure from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) a test given to random samples of students in fourth and eighth grades every two years.
However, Brown either misunderstands or misinterprets the scores. If one were to interpret the data in the way Brown suggests, the highest scoring countries in the The Arrogant Ignorance of Campbell Brown: Education Journalism in Decline | gadflyonthewallblog:

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