My apologies for this massive, pieced-together post. I found this research project most enlightening, however, and given this morning's predictable false accusations of racism from California's Grand Kleagle (I mean, the Sage of Cal State), I thought it worth putting some of the connections out in the open. I have nothing to add to this post and will return to ignoring the cowardly rants and empty accusations from a man whose idea of "liberal Democrats" these days no doubt starts with Lynne Cheney.
David R. Brown, M.D., Heritage Trustee Since 1978, Chairman Chairman Emeritus, Orthopedic Associates, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Dr. Brown¹s long-time leadership in the world of public policy was most recently displayed by his role as the founder and Chairman of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. This vibrant new addition to the national network of state-based policy groups is already setting the stage for national efforts in areas as diverse as deregulation and tax policy. Dr. Brown, a renowned orthopedic surgeon, also plays a leading role in the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, a grant-giving institution based in Ardmore, Okla., that supports medical, agricultural and public policy research. Richard M. Scaife, Heritage Trustee Since 1985, Vice Chairman Publisher and Owner, Tribune-Review Publishing Co., Inc., Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Scaife¹s extensive involvement in the publishing industry -- he is the owner and Chairman of the Board of the Tribune-Review as well as a number of radio stations -- has brought a refreshing alternative voice to the media markets of Western Pennsylvania, including his hometown of Pittsburgh. His enduring commitment to the free society is evident in his role as a director with the Pittsburgh World Affairs Council and his service on the boards of the Hoover Institution, Pepperdine University and other major educational institutions. During the Reagan and Bush administrations, Scaife served as a presidentially appointed member of the U.S. Advisory Commission for Public Diplomacy, which oversees the U.S. Information Agency. One of the Pittsburgh area¹s leading philanthropists -- he chairs the Sarah Scaife Foundation, The Allegheny Foundation and the Carthage Foundation -- Scaife is a frequent speaker and commentator on U.S. strategic interests. J. Frederic Rench, Heritage Trustee Since 1973, Secretary Chairman, Racine Industries Inc., Racine, Wisconsin
Rench is leader of the movement to spur citizen activism in electoral politics, having pioneered new methods of mobilizing conservative political involvement at the local level. His role in engineering a number of political upsets over the years has been noted by media in and around his hometown of Racine, Wisc. The Chairman and CEO of Racine Industries Inc., an international carpet-care firm, Rench is a founding Trustee of Heritage. He also serves on the Boards of St. John¹s Military Academy and the Free Congress Foundation and is a past member of the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Douglas F. Allison, Heritage Trustee Since 1998 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Allison-Fisher, Inc., Southfield, Michigan Mr. Allison is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Allison-Fisher, Inc., an automotive marketing research and consultancy firm with offices in Southfield, Michigan and Gardena, California. Before founding Allison-Fisher, Inc. in 1980, Mr. Allison was a partner in an investment company that purchased and operated banks in the United States and Europe. During approximately 20 years with the Ford Motor Company, Mr. Allison served in a number of managerial positions. He graduated from the University of Detroit magna cum laude with a BS in aeronautical engineering. Mr. Allison also serves on the Board of Governors of the Skyline Club and a member of the Economic Club of Detroit. Mr. Allison resides in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife Sarah. Belden Bell, Heritage Trustee Since 2000 Counselor to the President, The Heritage Foundation, Alexandria, VA
Belden Bell has served as counselor to Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner since 1996. Before that, he was deputy chief of staff for vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp. He spent five years working at the Organization of American States as ambassador to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Bell also served as a legislative affairs specialist at the U.S. Information Agency and State Department and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Affairs under President Ronald Reagan. A former assistant Attorney General of Indiana, Bell has also been a deputy director of the House Republican Study Committee. He serves on the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. A resident of Alexandria, Va., Bell is an alumnus of Dartmouth College and has earned degrees from Emory University Law School and Indiana University. Author of the book "Nicaragua: An Ally Under Siege," Bell has also contributed articles to Human Events and The Washington Post.
Hon. Holland H. "Holly" Coors, Heritage Trustee Since 1998 Golden, Colorado
Ambassador Holland H. Coors is the Founder and President of Women of Our Hemisphere Achieving Together. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Adolph Coors Foundation and the Castle Rock Foundation and is active in numerous other philanthropic and civic organizations. "Holly" Coors served two terms on the United States Air Force Academy Board of Visitors under President Ronald Reagan, who also appointed her United States Ambassador to the National Year of the Americas. The Coors family of Golden, Colo., has been active in Heritage¹s leadership since its founding. Midge Decter, Heritage Trustee Since 1981 New York, New York
Decter¹s incisive writing on a range of topics has proven invaluable to the conservative movement. A former editor at Basic Books, her writing has graced the pages of Commentary, First Things, Harper¹s and a number of other publications. Her books include "The New Chastity" and "Liberal Parents, Radical Children." A Senior Fellow at the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York City, Decter previously served as Executive Director of the Committee for a Free World, a powerful voice for anti-communism that she voluntarily disbanded after the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of Soviet communism. Hon. Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., Heritage Trustee Since 1973 President, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Heritage¹s President Edwin J. Feulner is the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal from Ronald Reagan for his work as "a leader of the conservative movement." He is a former Director of the Republican Study Committee and was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and House Speaker Newt Gingrich as Vice Chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform. In 1996 Feulner was elected President of the Mt. Pelerin Society, the world¹s foremost body of conservative intellectuals. He previously served as Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and as a consultant to President Reagan on domestic policy issues. Active in the conservative movement since his student days (he was an Intercollegiate Studies Institute/Weaver Fellow in 1965), his books include "Looking Back" and "Conservatives Stalk the House." William J. Hume, Heritage Trustee Since 1993 Chairman of the Board, Basic American Inc., San Francisco, California
Hume, the Chairman of the Board of Basic American Inc., a San Francisco-based international food service company, has been an active leader of business efforts to improve America¹s educational system. Appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson to serve on the California State Board of Education, he has championed such education reforms as "school choice" and actively promoted economic literacy as the Chairman of the Foundation for Teaching Economics. A former Chairman of the California Academy of Sciences, he also has served on the boards of the California Council on Economic Education and TEACH America, a Chicago-based organization that promotes school choice. He currently serves on the board of the Center for Education Reform, which also strongly promotes school choice. Hon. J. William Middendorf II, Heritage Trustee Since 1989 Chairman, Middendorf and Company, Washington, D.C.
Middendorf has served a number of presidential administrations in high-level positions, including Secretary of the Navy and Ambassador to the European Communities, the Organization of American States, and the Netherlands. A delegate to presidential nominating conventions as far back as Barry Goldwater¹s in 1964, Middendorf remains active in shaping conservative foreign, defense and economic policy through regular meetings with staff members on Capitol Hill. An intellectual force behind the North American Free Trade Agreement, having written about the concept of a free-trade area uniting the region as early as 1988 in Heritage¹s "Mandate for Leadership III," Middendorf also is a true renaissance man with interests in both music -- he wrote Heritage¹s theme march -- and art. Hon. Frank Shakespeare, Heritage Trustee Since 1979 former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, La Jolla, California
Ambassador Shakespeare¹s belief in the power of ideas is exemplified by his role as Chairman of the Board for International Broadcasting during the Reagan administration. Under his leadership, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty carried the message of freedom behind the Iron Curtain and helped bring the Cold War to a successful conclusion. Heritage¹s Board Chairman from 1981 to 1985, Shakespeare went on to serve as Ambassador to both Portugal and the Holy See (Vatican City). He also has served as President of RKO General Inc., Director of the U.S. Information Agency, and President of CBS Television Services. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisc. William E. Simon, Jr., Heritage Trustee Since 2000 Executive Director, William E. Simon & Sons, Pacific Palisades, CA
William E. Simon Jr. is executive director of William E. Simon & Sons, a Morristown, N.J., private investment firm. Prior to founding William E. Simon & Sons, Simon was assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York under then-U.S. attorney for New York Rudolph Guiliani. Before that, he was an associate at the law firm of Davis, Markel, Dwyer & Edwards and served as a foreign exchange trader at the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Simon is vice chairman of Paxson Communications, the largest broadcast television station group in the country, and chairman of GeoLogistics Corporation, an integrated network of international trade and manufacturing companies. He also serves as vice chairman of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Simon earned his law degree from Boston College and is an alumnus of Harvard University and Williams College. A resident of Pacific Palisades, Calif., he is the son of former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Heritage Trustee William E. Simon. Brian Tracy, Heritage Trustee since 2000 Chairman, Brian Tracy International, San Diego, California
Tracy is chairman of Brian Tracy International, a human resource company based in San Diego, Calif., with affiliates throughout America and in 31 countries worldwide. He addresses more than 400,000 people each year on the subjects of personal and professional development, including the executives and staff of IBM and McDonnell Douglas. He is the author/narrator of several best-selling audio-cassette programs including "The Psychology of Achievement" and "Breaking the Success Barrier." He is also author of "Maximum Achievement" and "Advanced Selling Strategies," published by Simon & Schuster. Tracy has master¹s degree from Columbia Pacific University in San Rafael, Calif., and a bachelor¹s degree from the University of Alberta. Hon. Jay Van Andel, Heritage Trustee Since 1985 Co-Founder and Senior Chairman, Amway Corp., Ada, Michigan
The co-founder and Senior Chairman of Amway Corp., one of the largest consumer-products companies in the world, Van Andel is one of America¹s leading business entrepreneurs. In 1992, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the International Specialized Exposition in Genoa, Italy, and has also served as Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, launching its television network and greatly expanding its effectiveness at promoting free enterprise. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel also served on the board of the Jamestown Foundation, which helped Russian political refugees find safe haven in the West. Barb Van Andel-Gaby, Heritage Trustee Since 1996 Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Amway Corp., Atlanta, Georgia
The Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Amway Corp. and the President of Amway Hotel Properties, Barb Van Andel-Gaby joined the Heritage Board of Trustees in 1996. Carrying on the tradition of involvement in conservative causes established by her father, Jay Van Andel (see below), Van Andel-Gaby serves on the Board of Directors of the Capital Research Center -- a think tank headed by former Heritage Vice President Terrence Scanlon that tracks the flow of charitable dollars -- and has played an active role in Heritage¹s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies since its founding in 1985. Preston A. Wells, Heritage Trustee Since 1994 President, Los Olas Development Co., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
A principal owner of the Ft. Lauderdale-based Los Olas Company, Wells is a successful entrepreneur with interests in commercial real estate and farming (his Nebraska ranch boasts one of the largest cattle and fresh-water salmon operations in the country). A chemical engineer by training, Wells formerly served as Manager of Engineering and Production for the Chicago-based Quaker Oats Co. Wells also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lillian S. Wells Foundation, a grant-making foundation supporting medical research and art appreciation, and co-chairs Heritage¹s Windsor Society with his wife, Marion.
Joseph Coors, Rancho Mirage, California Kathryn Davis, Ph.D., Tarrytown, New York Hon. Jack Eckerd, Clearwater, Florida William H.G. FitzGerald, Washington, D.C. Nancy B. Krieble, Old Lyme, Connecticut
No Excuses: Seven Principals of Low-Income Schools Who Set the Standard for High Achievement by Samuel Casey Carter Bradley Fellow
When Nancy Ichinaga became principal of Andrew Bennett Elementary in 1974, 95 percent of her school was illiterate. In only four years, she raised the school-wide reading performance from the 3rd to the 50th percentile in the State of California. After that, achievement kept on climbing, and for 20 years, her school has been one of the highest performers in all of Los Angeles County. A mastery of reading in kindergarten is one of the keys to her success.
"As elementary school teachers," Ichinaga says, "our primary mission is to make children literate." Ichinaga has stuck to the principles she and her staff agreed upon in 1974. They determined that they needed a good reading program that had a systematic decoding component. In addition, they needed a teaching method that would make all children accountable and responsible learners beginning in the earliest years.
Beginning in kindergarten, all children in her school are taught to read and write English and are promoted according to clearly defined standards of achievement per grade level. Even kindergartners are held back if they don't meet the promotion requirement. "One of our most successful interventions has been to require kindergartners to know all the letter sounds and to be able to blend three letters to read words," Ichinaga explains. The neediest kindergartners are given an extra year before 1st grade to guarantee from the beginning that promotion is tied to achievement. "These children generally become successful 1st graders the following year," Ichinaga notes, "thereby preventing any cycle of school failure from beginning."
The school is now bringing additional firepower to kindergarten in the form of a supplementary computer program that claims to make up for 3,000 hours of pre-reading experiences that children need to become successful readers. In its first trial year, the program seems to have advanced four out of six children who otherwise might have needed the extra year of kindergarten. ___________________________
Yes, folks, you can BELIEVE that last claim because it was made by or about Nancy Ichinaga and her Magic School! And not by fuzzy educrats, but by a man working under the auspices of one of the most reactionary organizations in the country!
Of course, "liberal democrats" who are experts in just who is or is not a racist ["It is effectively elitist and racist to expect that denying the same skills to those who do not have such benefits will do as well just because Lou or MPG or Victor says so. Let's see your evidence - with the schools identified - that indicates that denying kids standard arithmetic competence is not statistically detrimental to their educational careers." Wayne Bishop 8/8/00], would NEVER judge something based on the label. And certainly they would NEVER try to do a two-step on this example. Let's see if we can piece out the logic.
1) Greg:: "As stated I can seen nothing good or bad. Somebody selling software claims using it some unspecified amount of time makes up for three thousand hours of missed and unspecified "pre-reading" experiences the authors claim are needed, and two thirds of the kids (said to be at risk) that have been subjected to it "seem" to have advanced to first grade after only one year of kindergarten.
Looks like marketing blather to me. Whether there is just smoke or fire underneath is impossible to say."
2) Owen: "well, what is there to say? somebody makes some wild claim. big whoop. the "3000 hours" is a nice touch, with its no doubt totally spurious implication that some meaningful measurements have been done. actually it seems a little high even for extravagant hoopla since full-time (40 hours a week) for a full (52 week) year is a mere 2080. they oughta be able to do a whole lot more than just skip kindergarten if it was true. i doubt if it took my mom & dad 3000 hours to get me reading at well beyond 1st grade level even though, god bless 'em, they read to (eventually *with*) me quite a bit . . . christ, an hour a day for four years (starting at age 2, say) is still well under 1500 hours. and how much time are kids supposed to spend with the computer in this program anyway? it's all so meaningless. . tech in the classroom? of course. we saw some fine movies in my day. _donald_duck_in_math_magic_land_, e.g.: my first exposure to the golden ratio. obviously there's plenty of cool stuff to be done with calculators and microcomputers. but lying about it should be mercilessly ridiculed. as should throwing money at people who lie about it."
3) Wayne: "I would argue gently with "is impossible to say"; give us some good objective data and specific locations where it was collected so we can get some independent confirmation and there might be some fire. I'd be surprised if it beats actually teaching kids to read but it could easily be better than Whole Language avoidance thereof."
Far be it from me to suggest that Dr. Bishop might be just a little bit full of it on this one. I bet that old computer program is looking pretty darned educational to him right about now. After all, it's part of the Bennett-Kew MIRACLE!
So I guess either those old devil computers ARE capable of making some significant contributions to learning, above and beyond serving as creators of little consumers, or else Nancy Ichinaga isn't quite as wonderful as Dr. B. once thought. Any way you slice it, crow is crow.