From Bush campaign advisor, to presidential appointee for literacy projects, to final judge on matters of “reading science,” to author and marketer of literacy materials, to Board member on most conservative education reform groups, Doug Carnine has remained a loyal disciple of Siegfried E. Engelmann, the 1960s founder and prophet of Direct Instruction, the scripted literacy and behavior management program that has been revived by Carnine the Great as the solution to current learning problems in poverty-riddled neighborhoods.
Ignoring poverty as the primary contributor to learning deficiencies among the poor, direct instruction (DI) focuses, rather, on memorizing and drill, regimentation and repetition, as ways to bring about academic and social order among the poor. In short, more repression becomes the remedy for an absence of dignity and autonomy, those human needs that are reserved for those who can afford them. In the meantime, of course, the profession of teaching is reduced to memorizing a script, rather than planning meaningful learning experiences for children.
The dream among the followers of the Carnine the Great, including Bush’s team of cronies at ED, is an urban utopia where dark-skinned uniformed children sit with arms folded in neat rows, repeat what is said to them, stand up and sit down when ordered, and march off at the end of their schooling with an ability to follow the script for whatever dead end job is offered them.
Please do have a look at some of the video clips available at one of Carnine’s commercial "non-profit" ventures, Association for Direct Instruction. Count the number of white children you see in these clips. I wish that I were making this up.
As you might have expected, Carnine has published the university texts for DI Reading and DI Math; and, staying true to expectations, McGraw-Hill is a leader in marketing DI materials for schools in urban areas, where educators, in a buy or die mode, are desperate to meet the impossible AYP demands and to do whatever the research tells them works.
Remember who determines what good research is? Scientifically based on Carnine's narrow definition of science, of course.