Something new on Treehorn Express:
Over coming weeks, the book ‘Infidelity to Truth: Education Malpractices in American Public Education’ by Duane Swacker will be serialised on Treehorn Express:
Duane Swacker is a retired public high school Spanish teacher of 21 years, now an education researcher/writer, and public school advocate. I received a Masters degree in education administration, was certified to be an administrator and also did some doctoral work in education administration but didn’t complete the course of study. I started teaching at 39 years of age, working many different jobs prior. Over the years, I’ve worked in inventory control/purchasing, production scheduling and materials management, and customer service management. I am also a master upholsterer but do not do hardly any upholstery now. I’ve been an avid outdoorsman and sportsman all my life. Health issues have curbed those activities greatly, so most of my time is spent doing educational policy research and writing and public school advocacy now.
“Infidelity to Truth. . . ” is the culmination of two decades of teaching and of thinking, reading and writing about the teaching and learning process. That thinking, reading and writing have been greatly influenced by Noel Wilson’s seminal dissertation “Educational Standards and the Problem of Error”. Much of what is being done currently in education is based on falsehood and error, guaranteeing that assessment practices are invalid and harm students. I’ve exposed those errors and falsehoods that make up the onto-epistemological foundations of the educational malpractices that are educational standards and testing. The abuse and misuse of the terms “measure” and “standards” are explored. I discuss how those errors and falsehoods and the misusage of terminology, in consideration of the fundamental purpose of public education, and issues of truth, justice, and ethics all come together to show that the current mandated inanities of the teaching and learning process are malpractices that result in violations of student being/personhood.