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Our book “Urban myths about learning and education” summarized on one page

Yesterday I discovered this one-page summary of our book by Oliver Cavigliol and it looks great (note to myself, be careful with the Coca Cola…). This is a new updated version, including my 2 co-authors Paul & Casper. Some people noticed that the link to the Daniel Willingham-video doesn’t work, check here.


If you like what you read,  you can order the book here both in paper and as e-book, but you can buy also at


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Missing… presumed having a good time

When Mark Knopfler wanted to refuel, tired from touring with Dire Straits after their very successful Brothers in Arms-album, he recorded an album with some old friends called “Missing… presumed having a good time”. Their band was called The Notting Hilbillies.

Well, the past 2 years have been a great ride, blogging almost every single day about education and research and publishing our book on Urban Myths.

But it’s time for me also to refuel a bit, so this is the last post before August. Have fun, be aware and…

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Who presses play for learning? (presentation)

This is the presentation I gave at the SIRikt-conference in Slovenia, 2015, May 28.

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Best wishes for 2015!

Well, I’m not Casper, so I do have some good intentions for the new year, one of them is ‘keep blogging’.

Best wishes for the new year!

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Blog post 1000 on The Economy of Meaning: what we’ve learned so far?

This blog post 1000. A 4 digit figure, never expected, but glad to see there is also an audience for my ramblings on education, youngsters and research in something that is almost English. Some blog posts have been very popular, during the past year, I want to give an overview:

  1. This post seems to be something a lot of people refer to: So you want to compare educational systems from different countries? Where to start?
  2. A  post with also many daily visitors: Subliminal advertising, does it work?
  3. One of the earliest post ever on this blog, setting the tone for many posts to follow: Sometimes I just want to start throwing things: myths in education
  4. A bit of an unexpected post to pop up in my stats: New meta-study on single-sex schooling finds small to no benefit
  5. And this post delivers new discussions every few weeks: Never trust neat percentages? 70-20-10 rule

I want to add 3 posts who I think are quite important:

More to come, also in our forthcoming book.

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Still looking for New Years resolutions? Try Woody Guthrie!


These resolutions or rulins by the late great Woody Guthrie are over 70 years old, but like Business Insider said, pretty unbeatable!

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2013 in review on The Economy of Meaning!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 53,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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