Yep. I haven't been on Twitter for two months yet, and I have been officially blocked by none other than Campbell Brown.
By blocking me, Brown is trying to prevent me from even viewing her Twitter page. However, in such a situation, all one must do is sign out of one's own Twitter account to view any page from which one is blocked.
So, that's what I did in order to access her page to write this post.
Brown recently stopped posting on Twitter. On May 20, 2016, she stated why:
Brown's exit immediately follows a situation that she brought upon herself with the statement that "two out of three eighth graders in this country cannot read or do math at grade level," which happens to be Brown's grossly misinterpreting the meaning of NAEP proficiency. Here is that story in Slate as it appeared on Brown's Twitter page:
I did respond to her insistence that she was right. Apparently, here are the tweets that I wrote and that offended her:
Here is one:
And a third:
And my fourth and final: The tweet below was in response to one posted by Brown in which she commented about those supporting traditional public ed as protecting sexual predators. The piece I linked exposes her hypocrisy (she deleted the original tweet after I posted my response. Update: original tweet provided by Gary Rubinstein):
Now, the crux of the matter is that Brown went public on May 16, 2016, with her inaccurate and grossly misleading statement about two-thirds of public school students not reading or doing math on grade level. Here is the heart of what Brown considers the "disgusting" tweeting that ensued as a result of an error that Brown openly refused to correct:
— WiffleCardenal (@WiffleCardenal) May 18, 2016
So there we have it: Brown's sensitivity at being called out for misrepresenting NAEP proficiency and her refusal to correct her error.
In her arrogance and contempt for public schools, she wanted so badly for NAEP proficient to mean "at grade level."
But it doesn't.
For Brown to publicly correct her error, she must inadvertently admit that the American public school system isn't faring as badly as she had hoped... I mean... originally stated.
Originally posted 05-22-16 at deutsch29.wordpress.com
Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who's Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.
She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?.