Economic disaster and the rising role of evidence

Lauren Gibbs explains how economic disaster could change the Sisyphean fate of education research

THE GREEK MYTH OF SISYPHUS tells the tale of a king punished with a fate of rolling an impossibly large boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down. This was to be repeated for eternity. So goes evidence-based education reform: there are many different hills and many rocks, but whatever rocks eventually do get somewhere, they seem to roll right back down in a few years.

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February 2012