The fake experts supporting corporate reform of public education, so a
few frauds and cons can make a lot of money off of taxpayers at the expense of teachers and children, deserve to be frozen in hell longer than forever.
Writer, occasional visiting professor, and “renowned public scholar,” John Warner takes to social media regularly to opine about the failures of pundits and high-profile Op-Ed commentators, notably the ever-dreadful David Brooks. This Tweet strikes at what I have labeled the “naive expert”:
It’s amazing the amount confidence those outside of writing studies have in their wisdom about how writing works, as though no one has thought about or studied these things before, or there isn’t an entire body of research and theory already at work in the field.
— John Warner (@biblioracle) March 4, 2018
My response was something like “Welcome to my world!” since educators, practitioners and scholars, have worked through the high-stakes accountability era under that exact environment: Politicians, the public, and pundits holding forth on teaching and learning as if no practice or research has ever existed, and then, policy being adopted that seems…
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Susan Lee Schwartz
March 5, 2018 at 12:00
This is a great post. I have said for years, that the only profession that keeps re-inventing itself, is EDUCATION, or Schools, where any cockamamie idea to ‘improve’ or reform’ is printed in the media as fact.
I love where he says “a routine fact I witness constantly—journalists have training in journalism (itself a serious problem, as I have confronted often) and then are expected to navigate topics and fields simply by seeking out both sides of the issue, despite having no expertise for determining the credibility of any claims about the topic.
The result is that most media coverage of education is at best misleading, and often in ways that contribute to flawed public perceptions and decades of misguided policy.”
Exactly. And FYI, real research on LEARNING, (not teaching) was OUT THERE…as the Pew research on THE PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING (Harvard thesis by Lauren Resnick) DISAPPEARED. I know. I was the nYC cohort for two years, and I have the VOLUMES printed about the results of this, offering the genuine, real, authentic PERFORMANCE STANDARDS that enable and facilitate LEARNING!!!!
If I had not been the cohort, along with 12 other districts across America, I would never have known about this final word on WHAT LEARNING LOOKS LIKE.
But I am gone, and the standards are gone, and the Koch Brothers and Gates and all those politicians get to run the schools… into the ground!
See my series https://www.opednews.com/author/series/author40790.html
or go to https://dianeravitch.net/?s=Legislatures and see how it is done!
March 5, 2018 at 14:35
reporters “are expected to navigate topics and fields simply by seeking out both sides of the issue, despite having no expertise for determining the credibility of any claims about the topic”
There are two facts I never see anyone mention about the media and its reporters.
1. reporters are usually on a tight deadline and under pressure that never ends, and they are forced to take shortcuts to keep up. Then even if they write a balanced, accurate piece, it goes to the editors who can destroy a piece for a variety of reason that includes deliberate bias.
2. The private sector media isn’t into accuracy or the truth. They are into making money and if they can’t make enough money to pay the bills, they will go out of business — just like corporate charter schools often do. If that means taking shortcuts and focusing on what grabs readers’ attention, even if that means sacrificing balance based on accuracy, then that’s what readers get — crap.
March 5, 2018 at 14:29
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