Saturday, July 4, 2020

"Brainwashing," eh?

     Recently, “anonymous” left this comment on a DtB post (“Trump refuses to lead; OC really spikes," June 30):

Anonymous said...
One of the leaders of the anti-mask movement in OC [Peggy Hall] teaches ESL at Saddleback:
10:53 AM, July 04, 2020
Here's that video:

     Golly, wadda nut. (For a refutation of her chief legal claim, see Citizen Video Questions Legality of Newsom’s C-19 Emergency: "What Hall failed to recognize is that Newsom’s Emergency Proclamation suspended the law she cited...."; for a refutation of her medical claims about masks, see OSHA recommends using cloth face coverings at the workplace, contrary to claim by Peggy Hall.)
From one of Hall's websites
     After doing some poking around, I found that Hall is part of the fringe health/wellness industry that routinely rails against the medical (and other) establishment. She's a Christian anti-vaxxer and yoga instructor. She calls herself a "wellness expert" and "radio and TV personality."
     Hall believes, contrary to expert opinion, that mask-wearing is harmful to the wearer. Further, she seems never to recognize that the state has a legitimate interest in public health and that it should thus have some power to restrict citizen behavior when necessary to address a lethal contagion. Her position is thus utterly insubstantial.
     It does appear that Peggy Hall is an extended learning/Community education instructor—adult ESL—at Saddleback College. 
     I Googled her name and found this on the Saddleback College website:

     It's pretty clear (take a look) that, as a YouTube presence, Ms. Hall represents the anti-science, irrationalist thing that's so big these days among Republicans—and among the (sometimes leftist) anti-vaxxer crowd. As such, she is an enemy of critical thinking.
     Still, what Hall does while away from her Saddleback gig is her business, and if she wants to argue that the Governor is a "terrorist" (yep, that's her view), that's her right. Further, she teaches in the community ed area, which is barely connected to the college. So her teaching "for" Saddleback doesn't really hurt the college's reputation. Or so it seems to me.
     Maybe—I don't know—she yammers occasionally about her mask/freedom concerns in her writing classes (see below). That's fine, I guess, as long as, in the meantime, the real college—Saddleback College—is consistently teaching the reason & science thing that utterly undermines her irrationalist claptrap.

Summer adult education at Saddleback (two examples; Hall's is the 1st one):

Hall's course

"Holistic," eh?
  • See (“Leading wellness expert, life coach, teacher, speaker, author, consultant, radio & television personality, media contributor....”)
Peggy is the former Director of Teacher Education [School of Education, natch] at the University of California, Irvine and currently is adjunct faculty at Saddleback College. She is active in teacher education and is known for her optimistic encouragement as a positivity coach, helping thousands with her practical, proven strategies and systems for Total Life Enhancement.
  •  There's a video in which she seems to indicate that she's an anti-vaxxer (click). Elsewhere, she indicates that she is a Christian and an advocate of spiritualism. She's plainly a part of the fringe health advice community, one who is accustomed to railing against the health establishment. In the video below, she explains the alleged danger of mask-wearing. In the last video, she accuses Don Wagner of "fraud" insofar as he is part of the government's action of "mandating" mask-wearing among citizens when out and about. Too bad it doesn't show Don's face, which, as we know, can be pretty peevish.


Anonymous said...

Here's Hall at recent Board of Supes meeting speaking to Wagner hisself.

Roy Bauer said...


Anonymous said...

Orange County has such special people.

Anonymous said...

Turns out the wife of Terry Walker, IUSD superintendent, is a disciple of Peggy Hall. That’s right, Irvine’s school superintendent has a wife who is anti-mask, an anti-vaxxer, AND homes schools their three children. Her name is Sanya Walker.

Anonymous said...

It never ends. You can't make this stuff up. Geez. Why do these people go into public education? This explains the weirdness in IUSD.

8-14: do you regret all the lying?

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Goals and Values and Twaddle

blather: long-winded talk with no real substance*
The whole concept of MSLOs [measurable student learning outcomes] as the latest fad in education is somewhat akin to the now discredited fad of the '90's, Total Quality Management, or TQM. Essentially, the ACCJC adopted MSLOs as the overarching basis for accrediting community colleges based on their faith in the theoretical treatises of a movement.... After repeated requests for research showing that such use of MSLOs is effective, none has been forthcoming from the ACCJC [accreditors]. Prior to large scale imposition of such a requirement at all institutions, research should be provided to establish that continuous monitoring of MSLOs has resulted in measurable improvements in student success at a given institution. No such research is forthcoming because there is none….
The Accountability Game…., Leon F. Marzillier (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, October, 2002)
In the summer of ’13, I offered a critique of the awkward verbiage by which the district and colleges explain their values, goals, and objectives —aka SOCCCD'S G&V (goals and values) blather.
I wrote a post each for the district, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College efforts. (See the links below.)
This verbiage—stated in terms of “values,” “missions,” “goals,” “visions,” and whatnot—is often badly written. It is sometimes embarrassingly trite.
It occasionally communicates something worthwhile.
No doubt you are familiar with the usual objections to jargon. Higher education, too, has its jargon—an irony, given typical college-level instruction in writing, which urges jargon eschewery.
Sure enough, SOCCCD G&V blather is riddled with jargon and with terms misused and abused. For instance, in the case of the district’s dubious blather, the so-called “vision” is actually a purpose. Why didn't they just call it that?
As one slogs through this prattle, one finds that "visions" tend to be awfully similar to “missions,” with which they are distinguished. The latter in turn are awfully similar to “goals,” which must be distinguished from “objectives.” But aren't goals and objectives pretty much the same thing?
These perverse word games will surely perplex or annoy anyone armed with a command of the English language. In fact, readers will be perplexed to the degree that they are thus armed. Illiterates, of course, will be untroubled.
Here's a simple point: the district and colleges’ G&V blather tends to eschew good, plain English in favor of technical terms and trendy words and phrases (i.e., it tends to be bullshitty and vague). Thus, one encounters such trendy terminological turds as “dynamic,” “diversity,” “student success,” and “student-centered.” Even meretricious neologisms such as ISLOs and “persistence rates” pop up, unexplained, undefended.
Does anyone see a transparency problem with all of this? Shouldn't the public, or at least the well educated public, be able to comprehend statements of the colleges' goals and values?
In the case of the district, to its credit, all it really seems to want to say is that it wants to teach well and it wants students to succeed. Admirable!
So why all the ugly, common-sense defying, buzzword-encrusted claptrap?

Districtular poppycock: our “vision” and our “mission” and our tolerance of twaddle - July 31, 2013

THEY BUZZ: Saddleback College's "Mission, Vision, and Values" - August 4, 2013

IVC’s vision, mission, and goals: nonsense on stilts - August 5, 2013

THE IRVINE VALLEY CHRONICLES: no ideas, just clichés & buzzwords - Sep 30, 2013

*From my Apple laptop's dictionary