Archives for October 9, 2014

Skinner’s Incarnations

Day 6: Skin­ner Hor­ror Files “Please do not for­get for one moment that OBE is mas­tery learning/direct instruc­tion. The only dif­fer­ence between OBE and Direct Instruc­tion is that OBE had very bad, out­ra­geous… out­comes, and direct instruc­tion has… those peanut but­ter-and-jel­­ly-sound­ing phon­ics out­comes.” – Char­lotte Iser­byt, cir­ca 1998, p. A-156 the delib­er­ate dumb­ing down of […]

Parallel Reconstruction

While the polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tors in the nation’s cap­i­tal are wrapped up in the debate over what to do about ISIS, and as one third of the Sen­ate and near­ly all mem­bers of the House cam­paign for re-elec­­tion, the president’s spies con­tin­ue to cap­ture mas­sive amounts of per­son­al infor­ma­tion about hun­dreds of mil­lions of us and […]

A Deliberate Math Dumb Down?

DAY 7: The Skin­ner Hor­ror Files The Influ­ence of Thorndike Lives On.…   Beware! When the media mouth­piece for the neo­con­ser­v­a­tive edu­ca­tion agen­da (The Wall Street Jour­nal) uses words “true mas­tery” and “prac­tice,” par­ents MUST under­stand that “they” are rec­om­mend­ing use of the Skin­ner­ian Direct Instruc­tion although “they” obvi­ous­ly aren’t going to tell par­ents that! This […]