For what it's worth, and without having actually read the article (!), I agree strongly with Heward that numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9 are myths.
Ten Faulty Notions About Teaching and Learning That Hinder the Effectiveness of Special Education
- Structured curricula impede true learning.
- Teaching discrete skills trivializes education and ignores the whole child.
- Drill and practice limits students' deep understanding and dulls their creativity.
- Teachers do not need to (and/or cannot,should not) measure student performance.
- Students must be internally motivated to really learn.
- Building students' self-esteem is a teacher's primary goal.
- Teaching students with disabilities requires unending patience.
- Every child learns differently.
- Eclecticism is good.
- A good teacher is a creative teacher.
THE JOURNAL OF SPECIAL EDUCATION VOL. 36/NO. 4/2003/PP. 186-205
I may agree strongly with numbers 5, 6, 7, and 10, too, once I know how Seward defines terms like "motivation" and "creative."
btw, one of my favorite books about education is Vicky Snyder's Myths and Misconceptions about Teaching: What Really Happens in the Classroom.