“A new study finds that 8th grade students in the U.S. score higher on standardized tests in math and science when their teachers allocate greater amounts of class time to lecture-style presentations than to group problem-solving activities.”

Harvard Study in Education Next


Does not surprise me.  I’m an inveterate conference attendee, and I can tell you that I always get a sinking feeling when I show up and the speaker announces “let’s break up into groups….”

Ugh. I’m there to learn from a great speaker! Don’t make me interact with the audience. I can do that anywhere.

Turns out my gut on the matter was right.

Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis