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Schools Are Good for Showing Off, Not for Learning

High pressure testing and evaluation inhibits learning and drives a wedge between those who already know and those who don't. That is one explanation of the education gap between children from economically well off families and those from poorer families, and why that gap has been increasing over the past few decades.

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Be Glad for Our Failure to Catch Up with China in Education

Education professor Yong Zhao suggests that the American school system is like a sausage machine that isn’t very good at producing sausages, and that’s why it’s better than the Chinese school system, which is very good at producing sausages.

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As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

In the 1950s, E. Paul Torrance developed ways to measure children's creativity that have proven to be valid predictors of adult accomplishment. A new study using Torrance's measures indicates that children's creativity has been on the decline for the past 20 to 30 years.

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