Thursday, April 14, 2011

Question About AP #2

Some blog followers might be interested in discussion-list post “Question About AP #2” [Hake (2011b)].

The abstract reads:


ABSTRACT: In my post “Re: Question About AP” [Hake (2011a)], I answered a question effectively posed by Standardisto-basher Susan Ohanian: “Anyone know of research questioning Advanced Placement?” Physicist Bernard Cleyet, noting that Susan had run an interview with Hans Ohanian regarding his 2008 book Einstein's Mistakes asked (paraphrasing): “Is Susan Ohanian any relation to Hans Ohanian?”

In this post “Question About AP #2” [Hake (2011b)] I point out that:

1. Susan, in her comment on Valerie Strauss’ (2004) “Back to Basics vs. Hands-On Instruction,” answered Cleyet’s question indirectly by writing “When a team of 4th grade investigators rediscovered Newton’s law of gravity. . . . . my husband, the Ph.D. physicist, confirmed the results.” Thus it’s a good bet that Susan and Hans are married.

2. Little known to historians of education reform, Stauss’ report played a key role in the CA State Board of Education’s sudden decision on 10 March 2004 to replace its demand that “instructional materials must compose NO MORE than 20 to 25 percent of hands-on activities” with the opposite demand that “instructional materials must compose AT LEAST 20 to 25 percent of hands-on activities”! Who says science journalism is unimportant? This amazing story of California’s wacky education politics is detailed in “Direct Science Instruction Suffers Setback in California - Or Does It?” [Hake (2004)].


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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University

Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands

President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

“If you try to introduce people. . . . .[[such as the direct-instruction-obsessed CA State Board of Education]]. . . to a paradigm shift, they will hear what you have to say and then interpret your words in terms of their old paradigm. What does not fit, they will not hear.”

Myron Tribus (2001)

REFERENCES [All URL’s accessed on 14 April 2011 and shortened by]

Hake, R.R. 2011a. “Re: Question About AP” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 11 Apr 2011 16:43:01-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post were distributed to various discussion lists and are also online on my blog “Hake'sEdStuff” at with a provision for comments.

Hake, R.R. 2011b. “Question About AP #2” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 13 Apr 2011 20:39:27-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being distributed to various discussion lists.

Tribus, M. 2001. “Quality in Education According to the Teachings of Deming and Feuerstein,” online as a 78 kB pdf at A Wikipedia entry on Myron Tribus is at

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