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ERIC Number: EJ769376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Even Repeated, Lies about Public Education STAY Lies
Starnes, Bobby Ann
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v72 n4 p13-17 Dec 2006
In this article, the author discusses "Wiki-ality" and "truthiness"--notions that explain a lot about life in the 21st century. Both words were coined by Stephen Colbert, an American comedian and actor. Colbert coined the word "Wiki-ality" based on Wikipedia, a popular online encyclopedia which seems far more concerned with quantity and democratic fact-making than accuracy. Colbert thinks the real world should work like Wiki-world. That is, truth should be determined by consensus rather than fact. After all, he points out, "if enough people believe something, it must be true." Truthiness and Wiki-ality seem to be everywhere. The children are doomed--because people agree that they are. The schools are failing--because people are told over and over that they are. The trouble with Wiki-ality is that it assumes that there is no true knowledge and that anyone who believes himself or herself an expert is one. The Bush Administration assumed the same thing when it created No Child Left Behind. The experts they forgot to consult--the real experts with real-world knowledge--were teachers. Because of that, no matter how "truthiesque" the name, children are being left behind, and tests--not the schools--are failing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001