Category Archive: B. F. Skinner

Biometric "Hysteria"?

Diane Ravitch may be adamant and forceful… but hysterical? In a post today, she refers to another, one by Gary Houchens, a professor of “Educational, Leadership, & Research” at Western Kentucky University. His… Continue reading

“Objectivity” As a Barrier to Education: Teaching Intellectual Responsibility and the Role of the Citizen

Often, when people wonder if American higher education might follow the fate of journalism, falling victim to inability to adapt to new technological milieux, they are thinking in terms of money and its… Continue reading

Testing Can Never Suffice (How Many Times Must We Say It?)

Standardized testing is based on a number of assumptions, including that knowledge can be broken down into identifiable bits of absolute, unchanging information—and that education is mastery of such bits. This is nonsense,… Continue reading

Skinner, Freire… and Ravitch

In a speech last week, Diane Ravitch said: The philanthropists and Wall Street hedge fund managers and Republicans and the Obama administration and assorted rightwing billionaires have some ideas about how to change… Continue reading

Freire and Skinner, Once Again

The last passages of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and B. F. Skinner’s The Technology of Teaching are particularly instructive to those of us exploring ways of improving education today, though they… Continue reading

Freire and Skinner: A Third Time

Both Paulo Freire, in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and B. F. Skinner, in The Technology of Learning, imbue their texts with the language of particular ideologies, but one can dig through the cant… Continue reading

Skinner and Freire, Continued

It always amazes me how our new discussions are almost always repeats of older ones.  Even this, of course, is an old topic—I’ve even heard people argue that almost any topic we might… Continue reading

Paulo Freire and B. F. Skinner: A Slight Introduction

Paolo Freire’s ideas on education, especially his “banking model” from Pedagogy of the Oppressed, have long been misused.  Freire wrote about systemic oppression within the structures of education; pieces of his work cannot,… Continue reading

Broadening Teaching

Oh, how I wish I’d paid attention! But I was only seven or eight years old. My father, John A. Barlow, was an experimental psychologist. Friends and colleagues I remember include B. F.… Continue reading