Education, Especially “Public” Education, Should Be Held To A Higher Standard!
Because educators can lead people astray, this biblical injunction should be brought forward as a reminder from time to time — “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly (James 3:1, NIV).”
In these days when truth is being called upon evermore, we are beginning to see more people brave enough to judge and call out bad “science” in education. Thanks to JPGreene and blog for leadership in this regard.
See also how the self-esteem hype is being unmasked:
– “It was quasi-religious”: the great self-esteem con”, Will Storr, Guardian, 3 June ’17, https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/03/quasi-religious-great-self-esteem-con
– “Why Are Schools Still Peddling the Self-Esteem Hoax? – Social-emotional learning is rooted in ‘faux psychology’”, Chester Finn, Education Week, 19 June ’17, http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/06/21/why-are-schools-still-peddling-the-self-esteem.html
– Selfie, (the book by Will Storr) describes in more detail than the two articles above how the self-esteem project was pushed through to a global education phenomenon despite poor science.
[rejected by JPG blog — “mendacity” comment of GF accepted — Mendacity — falsehood, deceit, deception, fabrication, dishonesty, deceitfulness, untruthfulness, unreliability, spuriousness, inaccuracy]
[submitted as response, but blocked — ]
Professional mendacity in the education field should be called out. It ultimately harms both individuals and society. The deceits and trickeries used to advance unproven education projects and methods need exposure. Perhaps a trend is emerging. See how the self-esteem phenomenon is being unmasked; [quotes as above re self-esteem]
[to JPG FB, and remains —
“mis-stating basic facts” in education is a key issue being raised here. If people twist “facts” to their own purpose how can genuine education reform happen? Greene gives an example. Here is another example of exposing an education project based on hype and misuse of “research” — the self-esteem movement unmasked: – [quotes as above re s-e]
[this is the contradiction, irony, of the blocking – so avowedly promote “choice” — my quote in Joanne Jacobs comment “So as educators increasingly opt for private schools for their own children and often rail against choice, the best that the “proles” can hope for —you know, those who are on long waiting lists for alternatives — is for radically more choices. And that is where public policy needs legislation and laws to open up vouchers and the other plans to help parents choose freely.]