Forbes: Doing Your Own Research On School Choice

Author: Mike McShane
Date: April 20, 2022
Source: Forbes

The idea of people “doing their own research” has become a pandemic-era punchline. Probably everyone reading this saw the reaction to NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers’ decision not to get vaccinated. If you didn’t, here is a representative headline from the Washington Post, “Aaron Rodgers said he did the research on covid vaccines. Here’s how he was wrong, according to experts.”… And those who laugh at others for doing their own research in some areas should take a hard look at the places in their own lives where they might be cherry picking data or study results that tell them what they want to hear. Confirmation bias is a siren’s song that draws all of us towards the rocky shore. Rather than mock, they should say, “There but for the grace of God go I.” I think that school choice policies are good for kids, parents, and teachers. But I don’t think that simply whacking people over the head with a pile of social science research is the right way to get them to agree with me. It is important to meet people where they are, with respect, and to always remember our own fallibility and mental blind spots.