Those of you who are interested in my writing on education (nothing to do with religion, for once) might like a post I have written for Kylie Sturgess’s Token Skeptic. In it, I intemperately criticise Ben Goldacre’s advocacy of randomised controlled trials in education:
Ben Goldacre is a bit of a hero to me. Like a lot of people, I discovered Bad Science and skepticism at the same time and found something I wanted to be part of. But now Dr. Goldacre has stepped into my field – education – and, frankly, he’s made a total balls-up of it.
Since Ben Goldacre is perhaps Britain’s foremost scientific skeptic – a movement of which I consider myself a part – this may be an exercise in shooting myself in the foot.
Check it out here.
Posted on May 11, 2013, in Education and tagged Bad Science, Ben Goldacre, Education, Kylie Sturgess, Randomized controlled trial, skepticism. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
That’s a good article. It has given me something to think about. My thoughts are consumed lately with the theory of mind that has come to me. It should be able to explain everything if it is right… now how it applies to this problematic situation you describe… .hmmm