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Lies About Learners

Murry Christensen

President Harry S. Truman once said he wanted an economist who was one-handed. Why? Because his economic advisors would typically give him economic advice stating, “On the one hand…and on the other…” (Thredgold, 2001).

It may seem like a bit of a jump to go from practicing economists to learners, but like everyone, every economist had to start somewhere. Anyone who has read economics will surely chuckle in recognition and appreciation at the anecdote, but the position itself isn't as unlikely as the joke makes it sound—a lot of jokes work that way. The world is a complex place, especially when you throw ...

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