As I have noted, a common thread running through my blogs is the carelessness among the media covering education.
With just a modicum of effort, almost every claim made in this piece is easily refuted by something the mainstream press seems determined to ignore, evidence.
I have called for the “Oliver Ruler” and a critical free press as well as posting an open letter to journalists, but many journalists remain committed to “balance” and thus are unwilling to evaluate the quality of claims or the credibility of people or positions.
But there appears to be some hope across the pond (it seems Oliver’s land can see what we cannot):
Stop giving airtime to crackpots, Phil Plait
So once again, not all issues have “both sides” and thus do not require seeking out balance for the sake of balance. As well, not all people or claims are credible; therefore, that those people or claims exist does not justify their being acknowledged. It is essentially malpractice to treat unequal claims as equal.
While the BBC is directly addressing science, in the U.S. the education reform agenda is currently being crippled by inexpert and incompetent leadership that is being reinforced by a media blinded by their pursuit of balance at the expense of credibility and evidence.
Leaving me still pining, O, free press, where art thou?