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Shanedk: Hooked on Audiblox

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Published on Apr 18, 2009

Shane, I don't like your attitude, and I've done nothing to warrant being blocked or insulted by you. You claim I lied when I did not. You did not provide the Encarta source or those others you posted today UNTIL today. The Cremin source did not appear until two days ago.

My screen captures are small but the website to which I navigated that I believe to be the source of his scavenged citations is an "Audiblox" literacy system advert site found here: http://www.learninginfo.org/illiterac... It's hardly a respectable source and it leads me to believe he didn't actually reference the cited works at all.

(Edit: Check my other video, Shanedk: Reverse-Engineering "Research Methods" to see where the citations probably originated.)
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Copied directly from the citations of that web page:

"5.) McCurdy, J., & Speich, D., Student skills decline unequalled in history, Los Angeles Times, 15 August 1976, cited in Education and social ruin, Education: Psychiatry's Ruin (Los Angeles: CCHR, 1995), 2-3.
6.) Sherrow, V., Challenges in Education (Englewood Cliffs: Julian Messner, 1991), 21.
7.) A closer look — Special education, Right to Read Report, January 1994, vol. 1 (8), 1-3, cited in Wiseman, Psychiatry: The Ultimate Betrayal, 275.
8.) Baughman, F. A., Jr., Johnny can't read because phonics is all but ignored, The Daily Californian, 16 February 1994, cited in Wiseman, Psychiatry: The Ultimate Betrayal, 275.
9.) Lean, A. E., & Eaton, W. E., Education or Catastrophe? (Wolfeboro: Longwood Academic, 1990), 27-28."
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The sources currently in his description box:

"1840 Census data: http://books.google.com/books?id=xMj-...

"Info on the illiteracy of high school graduates: Baughman, F. A., Jr., Johnny can't read because phonics is all but ignored, The Daily Californian, 16 February 1994

"And since some of you feel like attacking the above source instead of refuting the data, there's also: A closer look — Special education, Right to Read Report, January 1994, vol. 1 (8), pp 1-3; McCurdy, J., & Speich, D., Student skills decline unequalled in history, Los Angeles Times, 15 August 1976; and Lean, A. E., & Eaton, W. E., Education or Catastrophe? pp 27-28

"And for those who still prefer to ridicule sources rather than look at the data, try ridiculing THIS from ACT, Inc.: http://www.act.org/research/policymak... "
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Note: Originally only the 1840 census data was included, and, upon request, he included the Baughman citation but in a slightly different format than it appears now; it mentioned Bruce Wiseman's book at first just as the audiblox website does. All the citations are the same, word for word, letter for letter. After Baughman's article, the next group added were ALL from the above site as well. Finally, the last one he added was the ACT source but even that does nothing to validate his point.


THIS IS A RESPONSE TO:
Shanedk, in his video America's Political False Dichotomy - HD version at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-fZ_j...




A look at the sources of Shane regarding his outlandish claim that literacy rates in the US have dropped dramatically since 1840 due to the public school systems and why I think he doesn't know what he's talking about.

My initial response to his video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eB3uc...
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If you just want to see how ridiculous his claim is in no uncertain terms, see: http://nces.ed.gov/naal/lit_history.a...

From the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) website:
"Illiteracy
"Illiteracy statistics give an important indication of the education level of the adult population. Today, illiteracy is a different issue than in earlier years. The more recent focus on illiteracy has centered on functional literacy, which addresses the issue of whether a person's educational level is sufficient to function in a modern society. The earlier surveys of illiteracy examined a very fundamental level of reading and writing. The percent of illiteracy, according to earlier measurement methods, was less than 1 percent of persons 14 years old and over in 1979.

"The data in this table for the years 1870 to 1930 come from direct questions from the decennial censuses of 1870 to 1930, and are therefore self-reported results."
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**And the data he uses to prop up literacy in 1840 came from a decennial census! Self-reported! What a methodology, huh?!**

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