Project-based learning, 21st century schools and transferable learning: modern education is full of such apparently innovative ideas. But how many of them are based on evidence? In this book, Daisy Christodoulou shows through a wide range of examples and case studies just how many popular ideas about education contradict basic scientific principles. She examines seven widely-held beliefs which are holding back pupils and teachers.
- Facts prevent understanding - Teacher-led instruction is passive - The 21st century fundamentally changes everything - You can always just look it up -We should teach transferable skills - Projects and activities are the best way to learn - Teaching knowledge is indoctrination.
You can read more about each of these myths on the blog here, and listen to Daisy debate some of main arguments in Seven Myths in this video from the 2017 Global Education and Schools Forum.
Reviews and praise
"This may well be the most important book of the decade on teaching" - from the foreword by Dylan Wiliam
"A heat-seeking missile aimed at the heart of the old educational establishment." - Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times
"This splendid, disinfecting book needs to be distributed gratis to every teacher, administrator, and college professor in the US." – E.D. Hirsch, The Huffington Post
"One of the best reads of the year...she brings humility, humor and humanity to her work." - Doug Lemov
"Drawing on her recent experience of teaching in challenging schools, she shows, through examples and case studies, just how much classroom practice contradicts basic scientific principles." - Teach Primary
"Truly a book for the open-minded and genuinely curious, Daisy Christodoulou challenges some deeply ingrained thinking in education. I found this book quite challenging at times as it clashed with some ideas that I'd always held. I'm so glad that I stuck with it - I feel so much more informed and it's enabled me to look fresh at some traditions and instincts that, it turns out, weren't helping as much as I'd hoped." - David Weston