"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Sunday, July 17, 2016

How Much Are We Misinformed and How Opinionated We Are

I have received strong opinions or comments when I share posts on this blog on Facebook. It is frustrating sometimes to see how strong an individual takes a stand, yet evidence is sorely lacking. We can easily get misinformed especially when we listen to only what we want to hear, and read what we only want to see. We are very comfortable when our knowledge matches what we want to believe. This applies to issues that are very significant to us. Take, for instance, how well we think our own children are doing in school. A recent representative national survey in the United States of parents and guardians of children enrolled in public schools shows how far our perception is from reality.

Above copied from Parents 2016:Hearts & Minds of Parents inan Uncertain World
Parents like to believe that their children are doing well in their school. The reality is that most children are not reaching proficiency in both math and reading.

What is surprising, however, is when parents are made to think about the future. Here, their perception seems closer to reality. When asked if their children are ready for college, the numbers for perception and reality are closer to each other.

Above copied from Parents 2016:Hearts & Minds of Parents in an Uncertain World
We seem to be more careful with our opinions and perceptions when there is clearly a possibility that we can be proven right or wrong.



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