[RUME] Jo Boaler has asked people to share this

Portnoy, Neil neil.portnoy at unh.edu
Sun Oct 14 08:15:40 EDT 2012

Thanks, Ed, for sharing your history with Wayne Bishop. I, too, am sad to see the dirt that is still being spread and the impacts of it.

It seems that some people, to paraphrase Norman Fisher (Everyday Zen Foundation - http://www.everydayzen.org/),  do not understand the inviolability of karma. That the power of our words, thoughts, and deeds the impact of which is our responsibility. He asks, "Do we recognize our awesome responsibility to act for the good in a troubled world?"

We are fortunate, indeed, that Jo Boaler and all of the folks who stand with her against this dirt, recognize their responsibility.


On Oct 13, 2012, at 7:50 PM, Edward A Silver wrote:

Wayne Bishop engaged in very similar misbehavior back in the mid-1990s when we began publishing results from the QUASAR project.  He tried to unearth the identity of participating schools, teachers and students, despite being informed that individuals were protected by signed IRB agreements.  He did identify one QUASAR school in California and harassed the principal and teachers there on several occasions, including trying to get the school board to dismiss the principal and teaching staff.  He also engaged in scurrilous attacks on the credibility of our findings and analysis, choosing to ignore almost everything we reported regarding changes over time and trends, and focusing instead on one anomalous one-time counter-directed result that was due to a change in state testing procedure.  Much of what he wrote at the time could properly be classified as ad hominem attacks and attempts at character assassination.   He also engaged in similar character assassination attempts on Tom Romberg, and other people and projects in the progressive wing of math education.

I am deeply saddened to see that his bad behavior continues to this day and that Jo Boaler has been soiled in the process.  Nevertheless,  I recommend to all the following quotation that was passed along to me at the time when I was wrangling with Bishop: "Never wrestle with a pig. You'll just get dirty. And the pig loves it!"

I strongly recommend every read this:
It is about 'persecution' of Jo Boaler's work, which focuses on math education reform and equity.  It is unfortunate and sad to hear that this goes on (and at a highly respected university), but I think it is important that we are aware of this both as individuals engaging in research and as a community.
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Date: Oct 13, 2012 8:04 AM
Subject: Jo Boaler has asked people to share this
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Below is a link to a post by Jo Boaler, who has decided to share her story. I think it's important for our community to read and to (hopefully) talk about:



B E T H   H E R B E L - E I S E N M A N N
Associate Professor, Mathematics Education

620 Farm Lane
Teacher Education, 316 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, 48824
(517) 432-9607<tel:%28517%29%20432-9607>
fax (517) 432-5092<tel:%28517%29%20432-5092>


If you do not use the power of who you are in the service of what you say you believe, someone else will use you and most likely to my detriment
-Audre Lorde, activist

Monograph Editor, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

Board Member, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (www.amte.net<http://www.amte.net>)

co-PI, Learning About New Demands in Schools: Considering Algebra Policy Environments [LANDSCAPE] (with Janine Remillard & Michael Steele)

co-PI, Mathematics Discourse in Secondary Classrooms (M-DISC): A Case-Based Professional Development Curriculum (with Michael Steele & Michelle Cirillo), http://www.mdisc.org/

co-Investigator, Authority and Positioning in Mathematics Classrooms (with David Wagner)

Edward A. Silver
Dean & William A. Brownell Collegiate Professor of Education
School of Education
University of Michigan-Dearborn
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