[AAACE-NLA] Heckman and Adult Education
gdemetrion at msn.com
Wed Mar 1 11:14:37 EST 2006
Touché, as the French put it. And this positivism by the faith-based folks.
Irony never seems to trouble the Bush administration. Why, I might start
believing in the Marx-based notion of a "hidden curriculum."
From: "Catherine B. King" <cb.king at verizon.net>
Reply-To: "Catherine B. King" <cb.king at verizon.net>,National Literacy
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Subject: Re: [AAACE-NLA] Heckman and Adult Education
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 08:59:02 -0600
Hello George and Kenneth:
We have discussed this before on this site; but one of the issues at work in
such a review of programs is the positivistic view of the human sciences,
which basically begins a "performance" review from the assumption that human
data is unhistorical and should act like, and be as predictable as, the
This view has been thoroughly critiqued, again and again, in the
professional literature in philosophy, in the different human-science fields
(psychology, sociology, etc.,) and in the more synthetic field of
educational theory. I won't go into it again here.
However, I do think that, at this point in political time, positivism and
post-positivism is less a wrongly embraced philosophical theory than it is a
convenient, unthought-out position from which to fullfill already-set
educational and social policy. If so, then educators are lucky to be
indulged from time to time by the powers-that-be.
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