Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Facts about Reading Just Don’t Matter: On the Absence of Ethical Leadership | radical eyes for equity

The Facts about Reading Just Don’t Matter: On the Absence of Ethical Leadership | radical eyes for equity:

The Facts about Reading Just Don’t Matter: On the Absence of Ethical Leadership


Elizabeth Kolbert’s Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds is even more sobering in Trumplandia, but “reasonable-seeming people are often totally irrational” being confirmed—again—is incredibly frustrating for educators.
The facts of many years of research show that people cling to their beliefs regardless of the evidence; contrary evidence, in fact, tends to cause people to dig in even deeper to their misguided beliefs.
Democracy is a tenuous thing, then, when the willfully misinformed vote for those who learn to speak to and perpetuate that misinformation.
Trump has cashed in on false claims that work because of the public’s beliefs and the power of fear:
Opinion surveys regularly find that Americans believe crime is up, even when the data show it is down. In 21 Gallup surveys conducted since 1989, a majority of Americans said there was more crime in the U.S. compared with the year before, despite the generally downward trend in both violent and property crime rates during much of that period. In a Pew Research Center survey in late 2016, 57% of registered voters said crime had gotten worse since 2008, even though BJS and FBI data show that violent and property crime rates declined by double-digit percentages during that span.
Public policy in the U.S. too often is driven by popular beliefs not grounded in evidence. And an ugly irony to this dynamic includes public education policy—mostly a jumble of pet programs by people without any expertise in education who offer platitudes that resonate with a public ill-informed about what works in teaching and learning.
The misinformed echo chamber about education among political leaders, The Facts about Reading Just Don’t Matter: On the Absence of Ethical Leadership | radical eyes for equity:


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