Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hiding Behind Rhetoric in the Absence of Evidence | radical eyes for equity

Hiding Behind Rhetoric in the Absence of Evidence | radical eyes for equity:

Hiding Behind Rhetoric in the Absence of Evidence


Having been extensively cited in recent news articles on education, I have received the typical responses, both by email and an Op-Ed (High expectations lead to achievement).
What is notable about these disgruntled responses can be seen directly in the headline above—a dependence on soaring and idealistic rhetoric to mask a complete failure to either discount my evidence or to provide any credible evidence for the counter arguments.
A recent email argued that I was causing more harm than good for emphasizing the impact of racism on literacy education and achievement by students; the rebuttal, however, was peppered with “I believe” and not a single effort to rebut the dozens of research studies I provided on both grade retention and racism/sexism.
While I pressed that point in a few replies, the offended person only ever produced as some sort of evidence a TED Talk, an unintended confession that his world-view depends on whiz-bang showmanship and seeing in any outlier example a confirmation of his biases—what Maia Szalavitz identifies as “’fundamental attribution error’. This is a natural tendency to see the behavior of others as being determined by their character – while excusing our own behavior based on circumstances.”
The emails were almost entirely rhetorical, like a TED Talk, and then Hiding Behind Rhetoric in the Absence of Evidence | radical eyes for equity:


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