Archives for October 13, 2014

The Making of a Mexico-to-Canada Wolf Corridor

Part 1: Mexican wolves can devastate a ranch economically in ways not readily apparent or understood by the public The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is delisting and relinquishing management of their imported Canadian gray wolves back to state wildlife officials while simultaneously proposing “new rules”1 to “save” the Mexican gray wolf. These proposals […]

Teaching vs. Training

Day 13: Skinner Horror Files  “…Teaching thus differs from training and conditioning, which are concerned with performance rather than belief and rational action…. To be ethical, conditioning must have student cooperation in and awareness of its use to change behavior.” N.L.Gage and David C. Berliner, Educational Psychology, Rand McNally College Publishing Co., Chicago, 1975, 129-131

“The Attitude Changing Machine”

Day 11: Skinner Horror Files And you thought computers just taught academics? In 1963 THE ROLE OF THE COMPUTER IN FUTURE INSTRUCTIONAL SYSTEMS was published as the March/ April, 1963 supplement of Audiovisual Communication Review.[1] James D. Finn of Los Angeles was the principal investigator and Donald P. Ely (later of Project BEST: Basic Educational […]

Malleable Minds Fit for an Affirmative State Designed to Meet Needs and Constrain the Ruled

We actually do not have to infer what kinds of minds and personalities and beliefs are suitable for these new visions of tomorrow. One advocate tellingly used this quote from Napoleon that “There are but two powers in the world, the sword, and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by […]

Programmed Instruction: The Next Generation

Day 12: Skinner Horror Files Like a Bad Horror Movie — Skinner’s BACK!!! More history you aren’t supposed to know…. Just like a bad B-rated horror film, B.F. Skinner’s Programmed Instruction continues through the decades — rerun, reinvented, reintroduced, repackaged and re-named — as an integral part American’s reform engine. Skinner is the METHOD that […]