Thursday, April 30, 2020

Interesting comments on Diane Ravitch's post

Here are some interesting comments from the blog by Diane Ravitch on 4.4.2020 which was on the 5.4.2020 for us in Malaysia.

Comment from: retired teacher
April 4, 2020 at 1:02 pm

The main credential of many of the disrupters is that they are arrogant billionaires that weaponize their wealth to destroy the common good. Many politicians are willing to take the $$, and some of the right wingers are more than happy to undermine public education in keeping with their small minded beliefs.

Here is another comment from another reader of Diane Ravitch's blog.

SomeDAM Poet
April 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm

The reason so many teachers simply accepted the nonsense is that they had no choice. In many places they could lose their job by speaking out. And they had nowhere to turn to when even their own union leaders were on the bandwagon against them.
The deformers were quite clever in making sure that when they rolled out Common Core and the rest, they not only paid off the union’s to go along but also included mechanisms to keep teachers in line. That was the purpose of the inclusion of test based teacher evaluations (VAM) in Face to the Top funding.
I might sound like a conspiracy theorist but so be it. This stuff was very well thought out and planned from the very early on.

My comment now:

In addition, these educators have the audacity to say some of the most stupid things that an educator can say. I believe that all they are interested in is to dupe parents of kids who disengage from learning to read and then call them dyslexic and milk them of their hard-earned money.

Most of the educators on LinkedIn and on Twitter are probably the accomplices of the arrogant billionaires who undermine public education.

How else can we explain Dr.David Boulton saying, after 15 years of research and interviewing 160 prominent scientists and many so-called dyslexic kids that he is not offering any solution as he does not want to be thought of as having an agenda.

Why would he delete my valid comments on his blog posts in Children of the Code? 

Why would Timothy Shanahan shy away from responding to my comment on his blog saying that many kids disengage from learning to read because they are confused due to consonants being added with extraneous sounds?

Is it not silly of Timothy Shanahan to ask for empirical evidence to prove that consonants should not be taught with extraneous sounds?

On what basis did Robert Slavin say; 
“…However, I do not think there are many students who could succeed with non-phonetic approaches…”
Read my post here to read more on Robert Slavin's silly statements.


Luqman Michel said...

Here is another relevant comment on Diane Ravith's blog post.
SomeDAM Poet commented on Vicki Cobb: Why Does Science Matter?.

in response to SomeDAM Poet:

Sometimes false ideas are adhered to by scientists for a long time. That is especially true when experiments can take decades to test the theories. Some theories that many physicists believe may never be testable.

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. . . . An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning: another instance of the fact that the future lies with the youth.

— Max Planck (originator of Qantum theory )

Luqman Michel said...

Here is yet another comment from somedampoet.

"Lots of scientists never accepted Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity even after evidence was shown to support the theories.

Scientists are human just like everyone else and the idea of the completely “objective” observer who considers just the facts is a myth perpetuated by the non scientific populace."

Most of these scientists and educators are financed by some people with a vested interest and that is why the reading wars have been going on for decades.

Luqman Michel said...

Here is a comment on Twitter by a reader,
Many teachers are threatened with their jobs if they speak out. I never would have believed it before but now I know them. Parents are the only ones left who can fight back. Teachers & kids can become targets if they try.