Reid Lyon's Language of Terror!
Susan Notes: On December 27, 2002,The Vermont Society for the Study of Education (VSSE) sent the following Open Letter to Secretary Rod Paige. Copies were sent to major media and professional organizations as well as Congressional representatives:
CORRECTION: The text below states that no one protested Reid Lyon's outrageous remarks. I have since learned that one principled person did speak up during the Q&A:
QUESTION: [Kathy Roller, National Reading Association] I just want to make a comment. I think colleges of education are probably more receptive to RCTs than one might expect. However, suggesting that the only way to accomplish this agenda is to blow up colleges of education is probably going to affect those people who are receptive in much the way that it affected me.
On December 27, 2002,The Vermont Society for the Study of Education (VSSE) sent the following Open Letter to Secretary Rod Paige. Copies were sent to major media and professional organizations as well as Congressional representatives:
Why would I want to collaborate with you? If you treat this as a search and destroy mission, you will have to search and destroy. There are better ways to do this and if you figure them out, kids, schools, teachers, the community, the country will be much better off.
Dear Secretary Paige:
Speaking at a major policy forum held by the Council for Excellence in Government, titled "Evidence-Based Education Forum with Secretary Paige," Reid Lyon, Chief, Child Development and Behavior Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, made the following statement:
If there was any piece of legislation that I could pass it would be to blow up colleges of education.
We find Reid Lyon's statement to be terribly chilling, entirely unacceptable and clearly irresponsible. We call for his immediate dismissal.
Vermont Society for the Study of Education
At least Trent Lott didn't threaten to blow anybody up. People ruling the schools from Washington D.C. can say anything about educators they wish. Corporate America sponsors them to do this.
" If there was any piece of legislation that I could pass it would be to blow up colleges of education."
--Reid Lyon, Chief, Child Development and Behavior Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH,
speaking at a "major policy forum, held by the Council for EXCELLENCE in Government, titled "Evidence-based Education Forum with Secretary Page."
You can see and hear the video containing these remarks:
You can also see and hear that after these remarks Lyon continued talking and participated in the question and answer session. No one asked to explain his rhetoric of terrorism; no one denounced this rhetoric of terrorism; no one asked him why he'd threatened colleges of education. Lyon was safe in saying this because with this group it's business as usual. No one indicated in any way that anything unusual or outrageous had been said.
Business as usual. Maybe those in attendance had heard it before. Maybe these remarks are shocking only to schoolteachers.
It is no coincidence that Lyon opened his remarks by talking about his intimate conversations with the President, using this relationship as his claim to importance. He declared that "most doctorates in education do not know what they do not know" whereas the President is "interested in evidence."
Is it this intimacy with the President that gives Lyon free rein to make terroristic threats?
If a professor of education said she'd like to blow up the National Institute of Health, she'd find herself behind bars.
Below find more information about the conference, which billed itself as convened to address the opportunity offered by No Child Left Behind.
Words in blue are theirs.
Rigorous Evidence: The Key to Progress in Education?
Lessons from Medicine, Welfare, and Other Fields
November 18, 2002
OVERVIEW OF FORUM
The recent enactment of No Child Left Behind, and its central principle that federal funds should support educational activities backed by "scientifically-based research," offers an opportunity to bring rapid, evidence-driven progress – for the first time – to U.S. elementary and secondary education. Education is a field in which a vast number of interventions, such as ability grouping and grade retention, have gone in or out of fashion over time with little regard to rigorous evidence. As a result, over the past 30 years the United States has made almost no progress in raising the achievement of elementary and secondary school students, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, despite a 90 percent increase in real public spending per student. Our extraordinary inability to raise educational achievement stands in stark contrast to our remarkable progress in improving human health over the same time period – progress which, as discussed below, is largely the result of evidence-based government policies.
The forum discussed issues raised in a new Coalition report: Bringing Evidence-Driven Progress To Education: A Recommended Strategy for the U.S. Department of Education. The report was developed under a collaborative initiative between the Coalition and the Education Department, with funding from the William T. Grant Foundation.
Last April, the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy was given the charge to help the U. S. Department of Education achieve the goal of transforming education into an evidence-based field as outlined in the department's recently released strategic plan. The initiative will also help advance the key principle in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: that federal funds should support programs and strategies that are based on scientifically based research.
Grover "Russ" Whitehurst, assistant secretary for educational research and improvement: "The coalition has brought together representatives from various disciplines and areas of policy to provide an independent analysis of how the department can use its authority strategically and effectively to embed the collection and use of evidence in all of its programs. This is a very important initiative, and I look forward to working with the coalition."
The initiative will draw on successful precedents for evidence-based approaches from medicine and welfare policy, where rigorous evaluation has played a prominent role in policy and funding decisions.
Translation: The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy is going to help the Department of Education push scripted curriculum into every classroom in the land. This "Coalition" was set up solely for the purpose of making sure No Child Left Behind is implemented.
The background of the man in charge is instructive: This information is taken from the Coalition's website.
Jon Baron is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, a project sponsored by the Council for Excellence in Government to promote government policymaking based on rigorous evidence of program effectiveness.
Prior to joining the Council, he served as the Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on Offsets in International Trade (2000-2001). In that position, he developed and built consensus for a major Commission report to Congress that was approved by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, with the concurrence of all Commission members.
From 1995-2000, he was the Program Manager for the Defense Department's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which provides over a half-billion dollars each year to small technology companies to develop new commercial/military technologies. In that position, he initiated and led major program reforms that greatly increased the effectiveness of the program, according to an independent evaluation by the National Academy of Sciences. The reforms received the Vice President's Hammer Award for reinventing government and were recognized by the Council's Innovations Awards Program as one of the top government innovations in the United States.
From May 1993 to May 1994, he was a special assistant for dual-use technology policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From 1989-1994, he served as counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business, where he was responsible for all technology and economic competitiveness matters within the Committee's jurisdiction.
The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy is sponsored by the Council for EXCELLENCE in Government and touts its "bipartisan Board of respected policymakers and scholars." Bipartisan means that there are some Republicans and some Democrats but they are all former government bureaucrats and most have deep pockets in global markets and industries.
One of their stated goals is: "To improve the connection between citizens and government and encourage their participation in governance." Republicans or Democrats, what they have in common is their allegiance to capital. As you read the "connections" to Big Business, think about the assault on public schools-and on colleges of education.
From The Council for Excellence in Government website:
The Council for Excellence in Government works to improve the performance of government at all levels; and government's place in the lives and esteem of American citizens. With its experienced staff, network of experts and members, and diverse partners, the Council helps to create stronger public sector leadership and management, driven by innovation and focused on results; and increased citizen confidence and participation in government, through better understanding of government and its role.
Founded in 1982, the organization is nonpartisan, nonprofit and national in scope.
The Council is supported by members (called Principals)---private sector and nonprofit leaders who have served in government and are united by a strong, sustaining commitment to Council objectives---and by project grants and other funding from government agencies, corporations and foundations. Former Presidents Carter, Ford, Bush and Clinton are honorary chairs of the Council.
Board of Trustees
George H.W. Bush
William Jefferson Clinton
Gerald R. Ford
NOTE: The corporate/government affiliations of the following are supplied, not on the website, but by Ohanian research. Obviously this list of affiliations barely scratches the surface, but even so, deserves careful reading. The staggering weight of corporate/government alliances who declare their alliance to No Child Left Behind should raise alarm bells. It should serve as a call to action from the education community and the public.
John D. Macomber: Principal, JDM Investment Group; Chairman and CEO, Export-Import Bank of the United States 1989-1992, Chairman and CEO of the Celanese Corporation and Senior Partner of McKinsey & Co.; former director, among others, of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Chase Manhattan Bank, and RJR Nabisco
Patrick W. Gross: American Management Systems, Inc, management consulting firm formed by former Pentagon employees who sell information services to government and private industry.
Suzanne H. Woolsey: Chief Operating Officer, National Academy of Sciences/National Resources Council ((NAS), a private, non-profit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research
Joseph E. Kasputys: Chairman, President, and CEO, Global Insight, Inc.( "Our services are instrumental in assisting corporate executives, money managers, bankers, economists, planners, purchasing, marketing, resource managers and government policy makers in over 3000 organizations around the world in developing strategies, controlling risks and making key decisions.")
J.T. Smith II: Partner, Covington & Burling, an international law firm, with over 500 lawyers practicing in Washington, New York, San Francisco, London, and Brussels. "Our major practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, finance and taxation, antitrust and regulatory law, technology and intellectual property law, white collar defense as well as virtually all types of litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings."
President and CEO
Patricia McGinnis: Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Carter Administration.
Jodie Allen: senior writer at U.S. News & World Report, covering the political economy; regulary commentator on NPR's "Marketplace"; formerly, Washington bureau chief, Slate Magazine; editor, Washington Post's Outlook section. She also has been an editorial writer and business columnist for the Post; deputy assistant secretary of labor policy and special assistant to the secretary of labor; also held positions in Chrysler Corp., Mathematica, the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.
Dennis W. Bakke: CEO The AES Corporation (One of the only centrally-controlled aspects of AES is our commitment to four major "shared" principles: to act with integrity, to be fair, to have fun and to be socially responsible. These principles are goals and aspirations to guide the efforts of the people of AES as we carry out the mission of the Company.)
June 19, 2002: "AES Corp. yesterday announced the resignation of chief executive Dennis W. Bakke, co-founder of the Arlington-based global energy company whose stock has been battered by economic crises in key South American markets. . . . AES stock has lost nearly 90 percent of its value in the past year. . . . Bakke, who will remain on the board, was voted a $9 million severance package by the board, payable over the next 15 years. He received no cash compensation as CEO for years, taking his pay in the form of stock options."
Michael S. Berman: President, Duberstein Group, Inc., a strategic planning and consulting company (the CEO of which was White House Chief of Staff to Ronald Reagan); formerly, Legal Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President, 1977--1981; Special Assistant, Executive Assistant, and Administrative Assistant to Senator Walter F. Mondale; Special Assistant to the Attorney General, State of Minnesota.
Martha O. Blaxall, Director, Agribusiness, Trade and Investment Group, Development Alternatives, Inc.; formerly, Director, Office of Utilization and Development, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, 1979-1982; Director of Research for the Health Care Financing Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.
Colin C. Blaydon, Professor of Management, Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College; Director, Foster Center for Private Equity
Walter D. Broadnax, President, Clark Atlanta University; formerly, Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC.; Professor of Public Policy and Management in the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland; Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; President, Center for Governmental Research, Inc., Rochester, New York; President, New York State Civil Service Commission; Lecturer and Director, Innovations in State and Local Government Programs in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Senior Staff Member, The Brookings Institution; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare
Richard E. Cavanagh, President and CEO, The Conference Board; "Enhance your decision-making by tapping into The Conference Board's multi-faceted resources. Management research and networking opportunities build on the knowledge and experience of executives in close to 3,000 companies in 65 countries worldwide."
William F. Clinger, Jr.: Senior fellow and guest lecturer, Johns Hopkins University; chairman, advisory board, Citizens Against Government Waste; board member Ripon Educational Fund, Athenaeum art center; U. S. House of Representatives 1979-1996; Chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee; vice chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Abby Joseph Cohen: co-chair investment policy committee, Goldman, Sachs & Co; SmartMoney's number one pundit
Lovida H. Coleman, Jr.: Counsel, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan; formerly Ms. Coleman served from 1987 to 1988 as Deputy Independent Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel 1987-1988; Attorney in the Criminal Division, Department of Justice; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Miami, Florida
Robert H. Craft: President and partner, Sullivan & Cromwell, international law firm; "The firm provides legal advice and services to industrial and commercial clients; to financial enterprises including investment banks, commercial banks, investment companies and insurance companies; and to governments and governmental bodies."
Richard G. Darman: Partner and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group; formerly 1989 to 1993, Director, Office of Management and Budget 1089-1993; held senior policy positions under four Presidents and in Six Cabinet Departments: Assistant to the President, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
The Carlyle Group, described as "one of the most powerful, well-connected, and secretive companies in the world," is a private global investment firm that originates, structures and acts as lead equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations and buildups, and growth capital financings.
William H. Donaldson: Chairman Donaldson Enterprises, Inc; formerly Under Secretary of State 1973-1974
J. Michael Farren: Vice President, External Affairs, Xerox Corporation; formerly, Deputy Campaign Manager of the Bush-Quayle Re-election Committee and Deputy Director of President Bush's transition team; Undersecretary for International Trade in the Department of Commerce 1989-1992
Leslie C. Francis: vice president of corporate communications and public affairs Educational Testing Service; formerly White House staff Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs; Deputy Chief of Staff in Carter Administration
Stephen Goldsmith: Chairman of the Board, Corporation for National Service; Special Advisor to the President, Faith-based and Nonprofit Initiatives; formerly Mayor of Indianapolis
Lee H. Hamilton, Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; formerly U. S. Congress U.S. Congress 1965-1999
Edwin L. Harper: Chief Financial Officer, American Security Group; senior vice president, public Affairs/government relations, Assurant; Former Deputy Director, OMB
Gail Harrison: principal, Shandwick Public Affairs; formerly chief domestic policy adviser in the White House for Walter Mondale. Shandwick is the second-largest PR firm in the United States. Recent Shandwick clients include Browning-Ferris Industries, Central Maine Power, Georgia-Pacific Corp., Monsanto Chemical Co., New York State Electric and Gas Co., Ciba-Geigy, Ford Motor Company, Hydro-Quebec, Pfizer, and Procter & Gamble.
James F. Hinchman: Deputy Executive Officer of the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences; former Acting Comptroller General of the United States.
Arthur H. House, Meridian Worldwide, worldwide transportation group
Gwendolyn S. King, president, Podium Prose (a speakers bureau); Monsanto Company Board of Directors; retired senior vice president, corporate and public affairs for PECO Energy Company, an electric and natural gas provider for the greater Philadelphia area; Commissioner of Social Security in the administration of former President George Bush
Susan R. King, Vice President for Public Affairs, Carnegie Corporation of New York; former assistant secretary of labor during Clinton administration
Mel Levine: Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC.; member of Congress 1983 to 1993; California State Assembly 1977 to 1982.
Robert G. Liberatore, Senior Vice President - External Affairs & Public Policy, DaimlerChrysler Corporation; former Vice President for Washington Affairs for the Chrysler Corporation; staff director for Senator Robert C. Byrd "DaimlerChrysler maintains a very active Washington presence where it is centrally involved with issues affecting trade, the environment, safety, taxes, finance and many numerous others."
Paul C. Light, Founding Director, Brookings Center for Public Service, Brookings Institution; Director, Public Policy Program, Pew Charitable Trusts; Sr. Adviser, National Commission on the State and Local Public Service; Sr. Adviser, National Commission on the Public Service; Sr. Staff Member, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
Kenneth Lipper, President and CEO, Lipper & Company, Inc.; formerly General Partner of Lehman Brothers from 1969 to 1975 and a General Partner and Managing Director of Salomon Brothers from 1976 to 1982. He served as Deputy Mayor of New York City from 1983 to 1985.
Homer E. Moyer, Jr., founder International Department, Miller & Chevalier lawfirm various landmark international disputes, including the largest WTO trade dispute to date and each of the NAFTA Extraordinary Challenges; formerly
General Counsel (1980-81), Counselor to the Secretary (1979), and Deputy General Counsel (1976-78) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Joseph S. Nye, Jr., professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University; formerly Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, in which position he won two Distinguished Service medals, and as Chair of the National Intelligence Council
Nancy Risque Rohrbach: formerly Senior Vice President, Public and Community Relations, USAir; 1991--1993, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Labor; 1987-1989, Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet, and a staff member in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.
Isabel V. Sawhill: Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; President, National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy; formerly, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute; Associate Director, Office of Management and Budget (1993-95); Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law School; Director, National Commission for Employment Policy; President, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Susan C. Schwab: Dean and Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs; formerly, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director-General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service during the Bush Administration; trade policy specialist and legislative director for Senator John Danforth (R-Mo.). Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA); Foreign Policy Studies Advisory Board of the Brookings Institution
Rodney E. Slater: Partner, public policy practice group, Patton Boggs LLP; formerly, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; head of the Federal Highway Administration; Director of Government Relations at Arkansas State University; Executive Assistant for Economic and Community Programs for then-Governor Bill Clinton; the Governor's Special Assistant for Community and Minority Affairs; and Assistant Attorney General-Litigation Division of the Arkansas State Attorney General's Office;
John P. White: Senior Partner, Global Technology Partners, LLC, specializing in private equity investments in technology, defense, aerospace and related businesses worldwide.; Member of the Board; Preventive Defense Project Affiliate; faculty, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; formerly, U. S. Deputy Secretary of Defense 1995-- 1997, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget 1978--1981, and Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics 1977-1978; Director of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University and the chairman of the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces.
James Lee Witt: President, James Lee Witt Associates, LLC; formerly, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency 1993-2001. James Lee Witt Associates "provides local governments, the international community, corporations, hospitals, universities, and other non-profit organizations with innovative disaster mitigation solutions, including planning and preparation. The firm also offers a complete range of recovery services in the event of natural and manmade disasters. Other services include distinctive marketing and strategic advice."
John C. Whitehead: former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, former deputy secretary of state in the Bush Administration, and senior partner and co-chairman of Goldman, Sachs; Chairman Emeritus of the Brookings Institution
PAST CHAIRS AND VICE CHAIRS
Alan K. Campbell: member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; formerly, chair of the U.S. Civil Service Commission under Carter; director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University; deputy controller of the State of New York.
Louis J. Gambaccini: executive director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University; former general manager of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia
David O. Maxwell: retired head of Fannie May
William A. Morrill: Senior Fellow, Caliber Associates; Senior Fellow at Caliber Associates, a consulting and research firm; formerly, CEO, Chairman, then Senior Fellow at Mathtech; 1973-77, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS (then HEW)
Paul H. O'Neill: Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 2001-2002; formerly, chairman and CEO of Alcoa; president International Paper Company
Frank A. Weil: Chairman and CEO Abacus & Associates, Inc; formerly, General Partner of Loeb, Rhoades & Co., and CFO of Paine Webber; headed the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Corporate and Foundation Partners: Let the reader be aware: Companies' descriptions are taken from their websites. Concerned citizens might consider it worthwhile to write the CEOs of these corporations, asking if their company representatives were present when Reid Lyon made his terroristic statement and if they continue to support forums in which such statements are made.
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Vermont Society for the Study of Education (VSSE)
Open Letter to Secretary Rod Page
December 27, 2002
INDEX OF RESEARCH THAT COUNTS