Some subscribers to Math-Teach might be interested in a recent post "The Randomistas' War On Global Poverty - ERRATUM & ADDENDUM" [Hake (2012a)]. The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: My post "The Randomistas' War On Global Poverty" [Hake (2012b)] at <http://bit.ly/V93tXl>:

I. Contains an ERRATUM: I wrote: ". . . . . there's no indication that the 'Center for Economic and Policy Research' (CEPR) http://bit.ly/U1DTSU, FOR WHICH DUFLO IS A PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR DEVELOPMENTAL ECONOMICS http://bit.ly/VgQ3y8, is aware of the overriding influence of poverty on the educational achievement of U.S. children. . . ." Contrary to that statement, Duflo is a program director for the EUROPEAN "Centre for Economic Policy Research" <http://www.cepr.org/> & <http://bit.ly/TwYuzM>, NOT the U.S. "Center for Economic and Policy Research" (CEPR) <http://www.cepr.net/> & <http://bit.ly/U1DTSU>. So Duflo bares ZERO responsibility for the U.S. CEPR's seeming unawareness of "the overriding influence of poverty on the educational achievement of U.S. children."
II. Now requires an ADDENDUM: In response to Hake (2012), Guy Brandenberg (2012) of the EDDRA2 list pointed to a "PLoS Medicine" article by John Ioannidis <http://bit.ly/Vb1u70>: titled "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False" at <http://1.usa.gov/YxUxkL> wherein Ioannidis wrote: ". . . .  there is strong evidence that selective outcome reporting, with manipulation of the outcomes and analyses reported, is a common problem even for randomized trails [Chan et al. (2004)] at <http://1.usa.gov/X8SB1T>." For a good discussion of the important work of Ioannidis see the "Atlantic" article "Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science" by David Freedman (2010) at <http://bit.ly/11aAmt0>.
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REFERENCES [URL shortened by http://bit.ly/ and accessed on 30 Nov 2012.]
Hake, R.R. 2012a. "The Randomistas' War On Global Poverty - ERRATUM & ADDENDUM," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/YfMESg>. Post of 30 Nov 2012 12:15:33-0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/11c5w3e> with a provision for comments.
Hake, R.R. 2012b. "The Randomistas' War On Global Poverty (was Chocolate Makes You Smart)," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/V93tXl>. Post of 29 Nov 2012 14:27:16-0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at
<http://bit.ly/Rm6Oqw> with a provision for comments.