October 25, 2009
Good Night, Sweet Hack
Education Gadlfy, Grald Bracey, died this week. He had a sharp analytic ability. It is sad that he only applied it to refute some of the shoddy evidence, like international testing comparisons, against the things he believed in. For all the other shoddy evidence supporting the things he believed in, like poverty/school outcome research and whole language research, he consistently failed to use his sharp analytic abilities. This curious dichotomy and his penchant for cherry picking evidence permitted him to be an apologist for America's public school system. It takes quite a bit of cognitive dissonance to be one of those and Jerry was a full-throated one. He deserved but never received one of his own bad apple awards.