The Affliction of Low Achievement

It’s much easier to get approval for drugs that are marginally effective in, say, half the population than drugs that are very effective in a small fraction of patients.

That’s Harvard neurologist Peter Lansbury on the problem with medical research. Given my constant harping about the similar inefficiencies plaguing medical and education research, it’s no surprise I found the quote very telling. Replace “patients” with “students” and “drugs” with “curricula” or “educational technologies,” and the statement is just as true.


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