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 Skills […]

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 dri­ves the whole […]