I came upon this post about this year's worst educational research via the Quick and the Ed's Quick Hits blog yesterday. (Sidebar: I LOVE Quick Hits- it's like my two minute moment into the ed policy research)**
Bad educational research is something that quickly gets overlooked because it is so easy for politicians, policy makers, text book companies, administrators, and advocates to tout a program or policy as "research based". So few people have a firm understanding of statistics (and grant it I s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e-d through my statistics class in my doctorate program last year so I can't pretend that I understand it all that well) that it's easy to read research and consider it a golden stamp of approval.
I really appreciate the fact that someone is out there looking into bad educational research if for no other reason than to remind ourselves that research does not always mean scholarly accurate, valuable, and worthy of our kids.
** I cannot currently link to it or give you the address because it is blocked by my school. Don't get me started. However, google "Education Sector, Quick and the Ed and you'll find their blog