What Diane Ravitch isn’t telling you

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Charlotte Thomson IserbytThe Whole Truth about the “Whole Child”Farrell definition of family

An Edi­to­r­i­al by Ani­ta Hoge
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Pri­va­ti­za­tion Move­ment and the Dan­ger to America’s Pub­lic Schools is the title of the new book by Diane Rav­itch. It is favor­ably reviewed and sum­ma­rized at the Dai­ly Kos HERE. Ravitch’s book pur­ports to answers ques­tions about why Amer­i­can edu­ca­tion is in cri­sis, and what reform can be imple­ment­ed. Her answers include pre-K pro­grams and so-called school “choice.” Many of her rec­om­men­da­tions are based on Abra­ham Maslow’s Hier­ar­chy of Needs, which are part and par­cel of the Human­is­tic Psy­chol­o­gy world­view he devel­oped.

Let’s clear this the­o­ret­i­cal debate right now.

Any­one who would quote Maslow’s Human­is­tic Psy­chol­o­gy (Third Force Psy­chol­o­gy) is bas­ing their world­view on the “whole child” the­o­ry, and the behav­ioral sci­ence that orig­i­nat­ed with Freud and was devel­oped by B.F. Skin­ner.

The cog­ni­tive is direct­ly relat­ed to the affec­tive, which is direct­ly relat­ed to behav­ior. THINK. FEEL. ACT. To con­trol behav­ior or “emo­tion­al intel­li­gence” you must cre­ate a con­flict in what the child believes and his/her atti­tudes and val­ues. This is the psy­chol­o­gy the­o­ry being used to cre­ate the new “glob­al work­er.” Human­is­tic Psy­chol­o­gy is what most of the emo­tion­al, i.e., affec­tive domain, cur­ricu­lum is based on. This is the whole child the­o­ry that devel­oped Bloom’s Tax­on­o­my of Edu­ca­tion­al Objec­tives. Bloom’s Tax­on­o­my was used to cre­ate the Penn­syl­va­nia EQA test, a pro­to­type for the NAEP test, devel­oped by the top behav­ior­ists in the world.

Sor­ry, I don’t need to use B.F Skin­ner to teach my chil­dren. (Some will remem­ber the soft white rat Skin­ner activ­i­ty in the Penn­syl­va­nia Func­tion­al Behav­ioral Assess­ment for babies. That should turn your stom­ach.)

So, now a teacher is quot­ed online pro­mot­ing Diane Ravich, who sup­pos­ed­ly has a cure, but the cure is based on Human­is­tic Psy­chol­o­gy. Every­one jumps on board with Rav­itch with­out research­ing or think­ing through these issues, look­ing at real his­to­ry, or con­sid­er­ing the con­se­quences of her rec­om­men­da­tions.

Where are these peo­ple com­ing from who think that it is OK to use to use Human­is­tic Psy­chol­o­gy in the class­room?

And Diane Ravich has a blog that I do look at from time to time! Why? Not to get infor­ma­tion from her, but to get infor­ma­tion from the thou­sands of peo­ple who send infor­ma­tion — to her! Real­ize that Diane Ravich is an edu­ca­tion insid­er. She has been on every nation­al edu­ca­tion com­mit­tee and every board from Nation­al Assess­ment of Edu­ca­tion­al Progress (NAEP) to the the Gor­don Com­mis­sion. She quotes Chester Finn and Marc Tuck­er con­stant­ly. (To her cred­it she does not like the teacher eval­u­a­tions nor mon­ey being made from char­ter schools.) But her solu­tions? Let’s look twice.

Here’s a lit­tle his­to­ry. The list about how to HELP chil­dren and fam­i­lies (summed up in the review of her book HERE) is right out of the Re-autho­riza­tion of ESEA in the Promise Neigh­bor­hoods and Promise Schools, SB 1094, also in the Flex­i­bil­i­ty Waivers. This also sets up the Med­ic­aid agen­da to bill for every men­tal health check mark that teach­ers are pro­vid­ing to the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment through the data col­lec­tion and the “pos­i­tive behav­ioral inter­ven­tions and sup­port” (PBIS). (Look at the BOSS app for Response to Inter­ven­tion.) These are all sys­tems to mon­i­tor behav­ior or psy­chomo­tor or actions.

The “whole child” mod­el that Ravich is refer­ring to is the 21st Cen­tu­ry School Hubs that was a pilot in Far­rell School Dis­trict in Penn­syl­va­nia. This is where the re-def­i­n­i­tion of fam­i­ly evolved from. In fact, this mod­el was used as a pro­to­type at the Nation­al Gov­er­nors Asso­ci­a­tion when Clin­ton was Gov­er­nor of Arkansas before he became Pres­i­dent.

So what is the 21st Cen­tu­ry Hub School? This pro­to­type was the mod­el when I tes­ti­fied to the Depart­ment of Inte­ri­or Nation­al Infra­struc­ture Health and Edu­ca­tion Data Secu­ri­ty Hear­ing on HillaryCare. This is the wrap-around men­tal health ser­vices that uses a school as a hub for the com­mu­ni­ty to ensure that chil­dren and fam­i­lies are tar­get­ed for the gov­ern­ment re-edu­ca­tion. This includes all health care, men­tal health, day­care, career place­ment — the entire mod­el is womb to work­place gov­ern­ment tread­mill. Cur­rent pro­pos­al:

Whole child = Whole com­mu­ni­ty


We need to be care­ful what we ask for because the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is will­ing to give it to us.

I don’t think that fam­i­lies need this, nor is this what Amer­i­ca needs. No more gov­ern­ment inter­ven­tion. The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment con­trols the stan­dards, the cur­ricu­lum, the test­ing, the teacher eval­u­a­tions, and the inter­ven­tions. They con­trol the com­pli­ance, the data col­lec­tion, and the account­abil­i­ty, to make sure every­one is in line.

The illus­tra­tions below are in my work book called Womb to Tomb. Far­rell School Dis­trict was called the School for the 21st Cen­tu­ry, “one stop shop.” Please note that on the sec­ond page, spe­cial edu­ca­tion, NASDE, Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of State Direc­tors of Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion, designed this mod­el. This visu­al­ly depicts TITLE I and IDEA. This mod­el always was the plan: IDENTIFY THE CHILD THROUGH TITLE I AND INTERVENTIONS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING.Farrell

Farrell1Farrell2To read Anita’s report Womb To Tomb, go to AmericanDeception.com and click on the Edu­ca­tion cat­e­go­ry on the left hand col­umn. Scroll all the way down to the bot­tom. It is the last report. You can click the red Down­load Now but­ton to down­load it.WombtoTomb