Ed Reform 2.0: If You Can Train a Pigeon to Detonate Bombs…

The video is scary:

Save Maine Schools

Back in 1977, Superintendent James Guines of Washington D.C. explained his district’s competency-based education pilot program like this:

“The basic idea is to break down complicated learning into a sequence of clear 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, why can’t you teach human beings to behave in an effective and rational way?”

“We know we can modify human behavior. We’re not scared of that,” he added. “This is the biggest thing that’s happening in education today.”

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HA! Those crazy 70’s! Boy did they have some crazy ideas back then.

But wait…

Now check out this recent video from Angela Duckworth and Katherine Milkman:

Here’s what Milkman has to say:

“If you repeatedly reward good behavior, and pair it with memorable cues, positive routines become…

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One response to “Ed Reform 2.0: If You Can Train a Pigeon to Detonate Bombs…

  1. Oh, my. The ‘brain based learning’ creepiness with their choral responses to everything might just be spreading…

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