"Products claiming to be ‘research-based’ throw around that label like a badge of validation."
"Having a product that claims to be ‘based’ on research-based principles of learning is not the same has having a product that is validated by research."
"Being ‘based’ on research-based or scientific educational principles does not validate the product."
"If a company claims their product is 'research-based,’ then that company is obligated to provide those validating studies."We as educators should not be naive and be willing to ask the tough questions when salespersons call. Just because the product was developed by an educator, or is being sold by an administrator you knew a long time ago, does not mean that we accept their word either. We owe it to our stakeholders and our students to make sure our limited funds aren’t wasted on bogus educational materials or products.