Oct 18, 2023
More than a decade ago, experts decided to change how students
are taught to read. Without testing whether the new method worked
or, apparently, even checking in with actual teachers, the experts
forced the change. What resulted was a generation of children with
reduced reading abilities. The experts have now reversed course.
People make mistakes like this all the time. When the people who
are making the decisions are the same people who live with the
consequences of the decisions, errors get detected and fixed
relatively quickly. There's nothing wrong with experts weighing in
on the best way to do things. But when those experts are allowed to
impose their wills on others, the people who live with the
consequences are no longer the people making the decisions. What
often results is decades of living with "solutions" that do more
harm than good.
Main episode: 06:47
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