The Social Cost of Changing Your Mind

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

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Politicians and public figures are often ostracized for changing their minds (think: "flip-flop"). However, having a change of opinion part of being human. Diane Ravitch former U.S. assistant secretary of education famously changed her opinion on the efficacy of standardized testing. She was an outspoken supporter of "No Child Left Behind," and has since changed her position and is advocating against this program. She is currently a research professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Kathryn Schulz wrote a book about this topic called,  "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error." She explores why there are such high stakes when it comes to forming (and reforming) our opinions.



Diane Ravitch and Kathryn Schulz

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [1]

ann cook from NYC

Re today's story about changing minds:

Some schools regard changing one's mind as an important part of intellectual growth and one public high school in New York City has developed a very popular course designed to expose students to controversial issues.
Looking for an Argument? (book and dvd) is distributed by Teachers College Press and is now widely used by teachers across the country. If you are interested in a followup piece, with interviews of students and teachers, contact me at 212-570-5394.

Jun. 07 2011 11:23 AM

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