Interesting read from the founder of Teach for America. She takes a newspaper to task for reporting the findings of a study that she says is misleading. Although I can’t comment on the specifics she cites, I certainly have seen a wide latitude in the standards set for academic research. Many studies are little more than fluffed-up opinion pieces that back up the author’s preconceived notions.
Journalists should be better educated to learn which ones can hold up to scrutiny. Reporting the findings of a “preliminary” study should always be avoided.