Disappointment in the Public Education System–Inevitable


   Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.

    Apparently the National Rifle Association is responsible for the San Bernadino terrorist attack. Liberals ask what “drives” terrorism as if terrorism were a psychological condition rather than a misplaced belief that one’s religion needs to be foisted upon everyone by any means.

“If you plan on having a Christmas party at the University of Tennessee be sure to leave the Baby Jesus and Santa Claus at home.

The taxpayer-funded university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion recently released an “unofficial” edict calling for the campus to host holiday parties that do not emphasize religion or culture.”

   Ogden Lindsley was a distinguished contributor to education, giving us the Standard Behavior Chart and the importance of fluency (speed and accuracy) in education. The quotation below is self-explanatory.

"It is hard to keep your humor when you accept the fact that you invested 25 years in developing methods that can help your nation out of the educational abyss into which it is racing. You made these methods inexpensive. You made them clear. You helped illustrate their worth. You made them attractive. Yet they are ignored or rejected because of popular myth and bigotry. I should have known this when I started in 1965, but I didn’t. I went blissfully on even though others tried to warn me." (Lindsley, 1992b, p. 21)

Lindsley, O. R. (1992b). Why aren’t effective teaching tools widely adopted? Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 25, 21-26.

   There are no incentives for success and no punishment for failure in public bureaucracies, thence there is a lot of failure and little success.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Power Teaching: How to Find Someone to Teach Your Child when the Education System has Failed.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies


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