Starting tomorrow, Tales of the Naep : On Sunday, December 22, the New York Times published nine letters about two recent "test score" reports.
The first eight letters all affirmed a bogus premise which had emerged from those reports—a highly familiar though bogus premise about our allegedly floundering public schools.
The letter writers all affirmed what they had read in the paper of record. No one cited the actual data. But so it quite routinely goes within our floundering discourse:
Tuesday, December 31: Fabulous Finland had to be praised! An embarrassment of letters.Starting tomorrow, we start our "year of living anthropologically" with one last set of reports on the public schools, Tales of the Naep.
Wednesday, January 1: Eight letters offered seven solutions—but does the problem exist?
Thursday, January 2: Defining the actual shape of our problem! (American kids punk the world.)
Friday, January 3: Those letters endorsed a treasured old tale—and disguised the actual problem.
We'll examine last month's Times report about rising Naep scores in Mississippi. As we do, we'll start defining a new paradigm, one we'll recommend to you all this year.
Amazingly, the New York Times' ninth letter-writer blew the whistle on a remarkable act of journalistic misfeasance concerning Mississippi's Naep scores. Such things are almost never done within our failing discourse!
Meanwhile, other puzzling errors were being voiced about the Naep. But so it quite routinely goes within our failed public discourse!
Starting tomorrow, we'll offer several accurate "Tales of the Naep." We'll also begin to suggest that you internalize some anthropological basics, starting with this paradigm-breaker:
Everything you read or hear will likely be bogus or wrong.Tomorrow: No progress since the 1980s, one blogger oddly said
Later today: #GoldenGlobesbellyachingsoamazinglybogus