Archives for October 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 america 

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 kind of education, […]

Teachers reprimanded for speaking out against Common Core

Louisiana Repub­li­can Gov. Bob­by Jin­dal blast­ed reports Tues­day that teach­ers are being rep­ri­mand­ed for speak­ing out against Com­mon Core stan­dards on social media. A teacher in Rapi­des Parish, in Alexan­dria, La., was “writ­ten up” for writ­ing a neg­a­tive post on Face­book about the con­tro­ver­sial stan­dards, accord­ing to Town Talk.

What Is Direct Instruction?

Day 5: Skin­ner Hor­ror Files Skin­ner Trou­bles with Direct Instruction/Mastery Learn­ing The fol­low­ing blog post is an excerpt from Appen­dix XXV of my book the delib­er­ate dumb­ing down of amer­i­ca. It is the sec­ond of a two-part alert series in the late 1990s that com­prised this par­tic­u­lar appen­dix. This is the best sum­ma­ry of what exactly […]

Why Constructivism and Direct Instruction will Damage Your Child’s Brain – Part 3

A Cou­ple Loose Analo­gies Pic­ture total­i­tar­i­an­ism on one end of a scale and anar­chy on the oth­er. Both have issues but for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Total­i­tar­i­an­ism is like Cap­i­tal “D.I.” Direct Instruc­tion where they attempt Pruss­ian style edu­ca­tion of forc­ing knowl­edge into heads. Here’s your task, repeat it. Con­struc­tivism is akin to anar­chy. Anar­chy always always […]

Who’s Who and What’s What

Day 4: Skin­ner Hor­ror Files The Next Gen­er­a­tions of Pro­grammed Instruc­tion This post is a his­to­ry les­son tak­en direct­ly out of my book the delib­er­ate dumb­ing down of amer­i­ca, Appen­dix XXV. This appen­dix has two alerts that were sent out in the late 1990s that warned about how Skin­ner’s form of oper­ant con­di­tion­ing edu­ca­tion (the original […]

Why Constructivism and Direct Instruction will Damage Your Child’s Brain – Part 2

In the Schools Today 2004 was my piv­otal year. My old­est was in 3rd grade and I dis­cov­ered that Alpine School Dis­trict was no longer teach­ing the times tables or long divi­sion to chil­dren and hadn’t for at least 3 straight years. What in the world was hap­pen­ing? Alpine and sev­er­al oth­er dis­tricts had partnered […]