Deliberate Dumbing Down through Skinner ML/DI method

Project INSTRUCT another mastery learning program modeled along the lines of  the Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction (ECRI), was approved for dissemination throughout the nation by the U.S. Office of Education’s Joint Dissemination Review Panel (JDRP) May 14, 1975. The final evaluation of Project INSTRUCT stated that:

The intent and emphasis in 1970 was on behavioral indices and concrete ways of showing accountability; and the data would suggest that the reading of the students themselves may not have increased, but the impact of Project INSTRUCT in the Lincoln, Nebraska Public Schools seems to be very extensive and influential.
[Ed. Note: According to the final evaluation of Project INSTRUCT, Ronald Brandt, former executive editor of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s publication Educational Leadership, was involved in the project.]

Note: Purpose of these experimental Skinnerian programs (mostly piloted in the inner cities) was not to increase academic proficiency, but to restructure system from academic competition, grades, etc. to workforce training system being implemented in 2014 FOR ALL SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE.

Iserbyt interview related to this subject, click here.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education 

To order the updated abridged 2011 version  of “the deliberate dumbing down of america”, it is available from 3D Research at

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