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 […]