There are many alternative facts I choose to believe in my personal life; for instance, the salad I eat for dinner cancels out the cheesesteak I had for lunch; or the sale is so good I can’t afford not to buy a singing Margaritaville machine; or I’m completely up for going to a bar instead of sitting at home reading in my pajamas.

It seems that we all have these alternative facts we tell ourselves instead of the truth, and education is no different. No matter how many times research reports, teacher testimonials, or student performance metrics reveal seemingly undeniable truths, antiquated practices or beliefs about how students should be taught are still used frequently thanks to the citation of these alternative facts.

The editors at eSchool News quickly brainstormed what we believe are education’s most popular alternative facts that exist today, but we’d love to hear your suggestions! Make sure you leave your comments in the section below.

Alternative Fact 1: Learning gets better with technology.

How many times have we heard from tech evangelists and vendors that technology is the solve-all to today’s pressing education challenges?

Real Fact: Learning gets better with personalized, innovative teaching practices.

True progress in education comes not from the latest gizmo, but from practices that think outside the box in terms of helping each individual student. If technology helps support those practices, great! If not, there’s no need to use it.

Alternative Fact 2: Every school can use online resources if they want. It’s the 21st century.

Even the editors at eSN get caught up in this seeming fact sometimes. With so much coverage of what schools are doing with digital resources and technology, it can feel like every school is on the cutting edge of digital implementation.

Real Fact: Many schools still struggle with basic broadband connectivity.

Rural schools, schools in areas with high poverty rates, and many other poorly-funded or inadequately–infrastructured schools still have challenges simply connecting to the internet, much less harnessing the latest and greatest digital resources.

(Next page: Education’s alternative facts 3-5)


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