By Charlotte Iserbyt
May 1, 2010
The website for "the deliberate dumbing down of america...A Chronological Paper Trail." For purposes of brevity it will be referred to in this article as "3D website." "the deliberate dumbing down of America" is a free download at that web site.
Please click on following link for article regarding the U.S.-PRC Education Agreement.
The merger between the United States and Communist China is disturbing, especially since it will continue and reinforce the use in our schools of the Pavlov method (imported from Soviet Union) aka Direct Instruction, Mastery Learning, Outcomes/Performance/Results-based Education. This method is necessary for global work force training (school-to-work) and brainwashing for a politically correct society. It has been used successfully in China since the revolution in 1948. Go to 3D website for info on "Brainwashing in Red China" by Edward Hunter, pp. 209 and 450, and in regard to Hunter's identification of materials/methods being used in Montgomery County Schools, Maryland, in the late sixties, as "Russian and Chinese Communist brainwashing".
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has (with U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown) recently called for implementation of lifelong "community education" referred to in the early seventies by a community educator as "the Chinese communist system". The Community Oriented Policing System (COPS) in Bath and Brunswick, Maine calls for police to give medals to citizens doing good deeds (good deeds to be determined by the police.)
We are in big trouble when the United States is "educationally" in bed with Russia and China, countries which rely on this method to "train" and "brainwash" their citizens and students. The United States has also implemented the method under the labels "direct instruction, mastery learning, and OBE", but, unfortunately, most Americans, even conservative American education researchers, do not understand that the "direct instruction" method is based on Pavlovian/Skinnerian operant conditioning, so there has been no effort made to remove this rat training method from the repertoire of teacher training. Please go to ""Revolution in Education...Soviet Style," Part I, and Back to Basics Reform or OBE Skinnerian International Curriculum, 1985, pdf at 3D website,
Please click on this link for video proof of dog training which goes on in Direct Instruction classrooms: (A picture is worth a thousand words!)
TIME LINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SKINNERIAN/PAVLOVIAN RAT LAB PERFORMANCE-BASED METHOD NECESSARY FOR GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRAINING FOLLOWS:
1832 Wilhelm Wundt, founder of experimental psychology and the force behind its dissemination throughout the Western world, was born in Neckarau, southern Germany in 1862. The following quote is taken from "The Leipzig Connection: The Systematic Destruction of American Education" by Paolo Lionni and Lance J. Klass (Heron Books, Portland, Ore. 1980 available at Amazon.com: "To Wundt, a thing made sense and was worth pursuing if it could be measured, quantified, and scientifically demonstrated. Seeing no way to do this with the human soul, he proposed that psychology concern itself solely with experience." Please go to 3D website, pages 2 and 3 for more info regarding importance of Wundt. Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D. in an excellent article entitled "The Conditioning of America" (The Christian News, New Haven, Mo., December 11, 1989), stated "The conditioning of modern American society began with John Dewey, a psychologist, a Fabian Socialist and the Father of Progressive Education. Dewey used the psychology developed in Leipzig by Wilhelm Wundt, and believed that through a stimulus-response approach (like Pavlov) students could be conditioned for a new social order."
1862 The first experiment with Outcome-based Education (OBE) was conducted in England in 1862. Teacher opposition resulted in abandonment of the experiment. Don Martin of University of Pittsburgh, George E. Overhold and Wayne J. Urban of Georgia State University wrote Accountability in American Education: A Critique, (Princeton Book Co., Princeton, N.J. 1976. This book contained a section entitled Payment-for-Results which chronicles the English experiment. The following excerpt outlines the experiment: The call for sound and cheap elementary instruction was answered by legislation, passed by Parliament during 1862, known as The Revised Code. This was the legislation that produced payment-for-results, the nineteenth century English accountability system. The opposition to the English payment-for-results system which arose at the time of its introduction was particularly interesting. Teachers provided the bulk of the resistance, and they based their objections on both educational and economic grounds. They abhorred the narrowness and mechanical character the system imposed on the educational process. They also objected to the economic burden forced upon them by basing their pay on student performance. 3D website.
1933 Carnegie Corporation's Eight-Year Study, referred to by the Education Commission of the States in the nineteen nineties as the forerunner of OBE. 3D Website.
1934 Conclusions and Recommendations for the Social Studies, published by American Historical Association, funded by Carnegie Corporation. Professor Harold Laski, philosopher of
British socialism, said of this Report: "At bottom and stripped of its carefully neutral phrases, the report is an educational program for a socialist America". This Report lays bare the education agenda for the United States for the next 100 years. This extraordinarily rare and important book can be accessed here. (Type "Report" into search engine, home page, and then when page with titles pops up scroll down to "Report of the Commission on Social Studies".)
1965. ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act, spawned as part of Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society") calls for performance- based education and it funds BSTEP (Behavioral Science Teacher Education Program) which calls for teacher to be a psychiatrist and a "trainer," not a "teacher."
1968. Siegfried Engelmann's DISTAR (Direct Instruction program), for underprivileged Title I children. This was the first Direct Instruction program funded by the U.S. Office of Education. Believe it or not, Engelmann received federal funding for the promotion of this program for at least thirty years!
1968. Ethna Reid, Utah, ECRI (Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction) which, according to parents, teachers, and doctors, makes students sick, has been thoroughly researched by elementary school teacher Ann Herzer. See her excellent critiques of mastery learning program in "the deliberate dumbing down of americaâ. 3D website, Apprendices, A-94, A130, A143-149.
1968. Chicago Mastery Learning, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, 1968-1980, which after 12 years was described by Education Week as a "human tragedy."
1971. "Performance-Based Teacher Education...What is the State of the Art?" by Stanley Elam, Phi Delta Kappa Publications, 3D website, Appendix VII. This paper was prepared for the Committee on Performance-based Teacher Education pursuant to a contract with the U.S. Office of Education through the Texas Education Agency, Austin, Texas. One important excerpt: "Many aspects of the PBTE approach could be conceived as Skinnerian, dehumanizing,etc."
1977. Washington Post article dated August 1, 1977 entitled "Competency Tests Set in 26 Schools". Excerpts: "Guines said that the new curriculum is based on the work in behavioral psychology of Harvard University's B.F. Skinner who developed teaching machines and even trained pigeons during World War II to pilot and detonate bombs and torpedoes. The basic idea, Guines said, is to break down complicated learning into a sequence of clear and simple skills that virtually everyone can master, although at different rates of speed. If you can train a pigeon to fly up there and press a button and set off a bomb," Guines remarked, "why can't you teach human beings to behave in an effective and rational way? We know that we can modify human behavior. We're not scared of that. This is the biggest thing that's happening in education today." The article went on to say "According to Thomas B. Sticht, Associate Director for Basic Skills of the National Institute of Education, similar techniques, called competency education or mastery teaching, are now being used in many parts of the country."
1982. Thomas Sticht (above) who worked on the failed D.C. Mastery Learning project, was quoted in a Washington Post article dated August 8, 1982 as follows: "Ending discrimination and changing values are probably more important than reading in moving low income families into the middle class." This statement was probably in response to an outcry from parents of students in the failed D.C. Mastery Learning program.
1984. Utah "Excellence in Instructional Delivery Systems: Research and Dissemination of Exemplary Outcome-Based Programs" . This federally-funded program conducted by William Spady was, I believe, the first one to use the term "outcome-based education: OBE" The change in the name of the program from ML to OBE was due to the mastery learning disaster in Chicago and in Washington, D.C.
1985. United States-USSR education Agreement (Reagan-Gorbachev) and Carnegie-Soviet Academy of Science Agreement.
1992. President George W. Bush speaks regarding National Youth Apprenticeship Act, Congressional Record, May 3, 1992. President Bush calls for Soviet-style workforce training.
1996. "Failing Grades" video out of Canada which relates to use of Direct Instructionand Charter Schools. Proof that neoconservatives from USA and Canada promoting Skinner method for use in work force training. Also strong support for charter schools (publicly-funded private schools) and reference to charter schools in Russia. Click here and type word "Failing" into search box. Scroll down to "Failing Grades". Also discusses "Effective Schools" which is extensively covered in "deliberate dumbing down of Americaâ and visits of major change agents to Russia in regard to "Effective Schools". (Effective Schools use the Skinner method).
1998. Reading Excellence Act calls for Direct Instruction. Brought back Engelmann's Direct Instruction due to public uproars regarding failures of mastery learning and outcomes-based education, primarily in inner city schools. "They" always bring these âdestined-to-failâ programs back attaching them to "reading" programs since reading is the key ingredient of education about which the population was and is concerned. The educrat change agents can get away with just about anything if public thinks it will help children to read.
1999. Before Cynthia Weatherly, editor of 3D and I put the book to bed in 1999, we called Siegfried Engelmann's (Direct Instruction - DISTAR) office in Oregon, and ordered the direct instruction (DISTAR) teacher training video. We wanted to make sure our arguments in opposition to the Pavlovian method made in my book were in fact correct. The video arrived and Cindi and I sat stunned watching the teacher training: hand signals, etc., etc. One of our good education researchers, who couldn't believe "Direct Instruction" was based on the Skinner/Pavlov method, called the DISTAR office and talked to Engelmann's top assistant regarding the DI method. She asked her directly: "Is Charlotte Iserbyt correct when she says that DI is Skinner/Pavlov?" Her response was: "Yes, Charlotte Iserbyt is correct."
The Chinese/Soviet communist system of education, including the Pavlovian method, is being implemented right now in the USA, as recommended by William Foster, former chairman of the Communist Party, USA, in his 1930 book "Toward a Soviet America." He was buried with honors in the Kremlin. The conditioning method is necessary for work force training, as well as political brainwashing. Communist governments are atheist so they consider their citizens as nothing but animals, with no soul, conscience, or free will. Has our government adopted the same atheistic view of its citizens?
The agreements between the United States and the USSR and China are simply the full realization of the merger of the United States and the Soviet Union as clearly spelled out by Rowan Gaither, President of the Ford Foundation, in his conversation with Norman Dodd, Research Director for the Congressional Investigation of the Tax-Exempt Foundations in 1953, when Mr. Dodd visited his office in New York City. Gaither said to Mr. Dodd: "All of us here at the policy making level of the foundation have at one time or another served in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, CIA forerunner) or the European Economic Administration, operating under directives from the White House.
We operate under those same directives...The substance under which we operate is that we shall use our grant making power to so alter life in the United States that we can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union. This shocking information was not included in the official transcript of the Committee's hearings due to the conversation taking place "outside of committee." The full 3000 page transcript of the Congressional Investigation of the Tax-Exempt Foundations.
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