Along with E.D. Hirsch’s The Knowledge Deficit, one of the most incisive critiques of contemporary education I’ve encountered. Although Christodoulou teaches in the UK, nearly all of what she has to say is equally applicable to the American system.

The seven myths, courtesy of Daisy Christodoulou:

1) Facts prevent understanding

2) Teacher-led instruction is passive

3) The 21st century fundamentally changes everything

4) You can always just look it up

5) We should teach transferable skills

6) Projects and activities are the best way to learn

7) Teaching knowledge is indoctrination