UPTON SINCLAIR AWARD WINNERS 2021

Dec 24, 2021 by

UPTON SINCLAIR

Each year, we honor ten outstanding individuals who have contributed to education, to the realm of research, scholarly activity, and service to mankind and womankind. 

1) Eva Gyarmathy has been writing, researching and engaging in scholarly activity for the past 20 years. Her vita attests to her contributions to a number of fields in education. Her most recent book ( co-authored with John Senior is ” AI and Developing Human Intelligence: Future Learning and Educational Intervention. In addition she has had many chapters in many books and her most recent contribution is to the SAGE Handbook of Gifted and Talented Education (2018) in which she provides an overview of The Creative Being and Being Creative: Human and Machines. She is keenly aware of the key challenges and the major issues in the field of gifted education, and the implications of artificial intelligence. Her publications and presentations are extensive- both in Eastern Europe and around the world.  She has worked with gifted girls, and intelligence for many years. 2) Hanna David is Professor Emeritus of Tel Aviv University . The following is taken from her Research Gate Page:  Hanna David was born in Jaffa in 1952. At age 18 she graduated from an ultra orthodox girls’ high -school and started her mathematics, physics,Hebrew literature and high school-teaching certificate studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Hanna received her Ph.D. “magna cum laude” in educational Psychology from Ludwig Maximilians Univeritat , Munchen (Munich) and worked at the Tel Aviv University between 1976 and 2004. Currently, she is a counselor of gifted children and their families. 

2) Hanna David is Professor Emeritus of Tel Aviv University . The following is taken from her Research Gate Page:  Hanna David was born in Jaffa in 1952. At age 18 she graduated from an ultra orthodox girls’ high -school and started her mathematics, physics,Hebrew literature and high school-teaching certificate studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Hanna received her Ph.D. “magna cum laude” in educational Psychology from Ludwig Maximilians Univeritat , Munchen (Munich) and worked at the Tel Aviv University between 1976 and 2004. Currently, she is a counselor of gifted children and their families. 

3) Frank Giuseffi has recently written a book entitled ” How the Socratic Method Engenders Authentic Educational Experiences”. His book has received rave reviews from all across the United States in terms of his advocacy of face to face -student to teacher interaction and the Socratic method.  Currently, he is assistant professor of education and online program manager in the Doctor of Education program at William Woods University. His book, published by Lexington Books was published early this year- but addresses many of the current educational concerns regarding not just Socratic Teaching but also social emotional learning and the Socratic Method. He touches on critical thinking, higher order thinking, and thinking in general- a much needed realm in today’s world. His book needs to be read, his ideas discussed and his views widely disseminated. He has taught for decades and influenced many students and scholars alike with this pedagogy, thinking, mentoring and challenging students and fellow academicians alike.

4) John Senior is one of the co-editors of the Sage Handbook of Gifted and Talented Education, one of the true most comprehensive works on gifted in the last ten years. In this book, along with Belle Wallace and Dorothy Sisk, he provided a spectacular view of the current zeitgeist of gifted education as well as a roadmap of the future for other scholars in the world. He is also co-author of AI and Developing Human Intelligence: Future Learning and educational Innovation which has just been published this past year- yet is receiving a warm welcome and accolades from scholars and researchers around the world. He is a proponent of on-going endless education and human growth and development. 

5) DANIELLA VOIT has been involved with gifted education and has worked tirelessly for years and is currently   co-director of Heroes Academy in New Brunswick, New Jersey . At the Heroes Academy, they specialize in language arts instruction for the gifted, program/curriculum development and reading assessments.  

Taken from her web page: You’ll frequently hear me refer to my students as “my children.” This might seem a tad possessive, but I truly feel as if they are part of my family. I love watching them learn and grow. The “aha” moment that students get when something ‘clicks’ is the most rewarding moment of my day – my week – my life. I love watching the gears turn in their heads as they figure out something new and their eyes light up at the sudden understanding of the recently unknown. She also maintains Resources by HEROES Academy a resource page for parents and teachers of gifted students

6) WILFRED MC CRAY is an American author scholar, teacher and writer who has impacted the study of American history, geography and political science for the past several decades.  

Here is his bio, taken from Hillsdale College web site: Wilfred M. McClay holds the Victor Davis Hanson Chair in Classical History and Western Civilization at Hillsdale College. Before coming to Hillsdale in the fall of 2021, he was the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma, and the Director of the Center for the History of Liberty. His book, The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, received the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history. Among his other books is The Student’s Guide to U.S. HistoryReligion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in AmericaFigures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American PastWhy Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Public Life in Modern America, and Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story
He served for eleven years on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is currently is a member of the U.S. Commission on the Semiquincentennial, which has been charged with planning the celebration of the nation’s 250th birthday in 2026. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Academy of Education, and served as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Rome.  He is a graduate of St. John’s College (Annapolis) and received his Ph.D. in History from Johns Hopkins University.

7) CLARK ALDRICH is known for his work on ” sims” or simulations. He is the author of several books- but his most recent one is featured below, with a brief bio taken from :https://www.shortsims.com/aldrich

Aldrich’s sixth book, Short Sims (Taylor and Francis, 2020) is a practical guide for instructional designers to build their own sims that meet the time, budget, and speed needs of today’s learners and organizations.  

Through his simulations, workshops, books, TV appearances, articles, and speeches, Aldrich is the recognized authority on designing interactive educational experiences that improve real world behaviors.  His simulations are patent and award winning, his books are used in Masters and Ph.D. level degree programs, and Aldrich’s innovations were recently featured on the cover of the industry leading magazine, T+D.   

8) JAY GREENE is a scholar, writer, researcher who has continually commented on the current state of the art of education in America and has scrutinized the many issues confronting teachers, and policy makers. His blog is widely read and his work widely quoted and referred to in the literature. 

9) Neil De Grasse Tyson  Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the proverbial Renaissance man guidance his expansive audience through diverse topics as indigenous people’s astronomy, artificial intelligence, blackholes and pool table physics. His ” Cosmic Queries ”  confront common misconceptions that are pervasive in modern culture. Tyson uses an arsenal of experiences and anecdotes that create a gentle cognitive dissonance among his audiences, leading them toward a broader scientific literacy. Like Sagan before him, Tyson exhibits a love of discovery, facts, and an appreciation for the true nature of science. With his amicable style, Tyson’s advocacy for science and ability to translate/interpret complex concepts makes him the nation’s science teacher. 

He is most worthy of being awarded an Upton Sinclair award!

(written by Dr. Jerry Everhart) 

10) Parents- There are many parents, who over the last few months, have stood up and advocated for their children in opposition to the propaganda and indoctrination of their children. Obviously we cannot name each and every parent that has voiced their opinion and attempted to scrutinize the curriculum being fostered on their children by some school boards and risked being labeled as “domestic terrorists” and anarchists simply because they were concerned about the “curriculum” that was being shoved down the throats of their poor unsuspecting children. These advocates who have voiced their opinions need to be recognized for their valor. 

Previous Upton Sinclair Award Winners:

2005: Gerald Bracey, Nicholas Colangelo, Elaine Garan, Martin Haberman, Jonathan Kozol, Peter and Pam Wright, Reid Lyon;

2006: John Stossel, Jan and Bob Davidson, Peyton Wolcott, Fred Baughman, M.D., Will Fitzhugh, Joel Turtel, Bernard Gassaway, Ned Davis, Her Highness Sheikah Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, “All the Children of the World”;

2007: Sean Hannity, Don Meyer, Ron Clark, Frank Wang, Harry and Rosemary Wong, Tracey McGrady, Dr. Eldo W. Bergman, Queen Rania of Jordan, Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, Ph.D., G. Gbaanador, MD, FACS, FICS, Bill Cecil,  Here’s to the Upton School Principals of America;

2008: Harold V. House, Kathleen Chamberlain, Dee Alpert, Kevin Donnelly, Dona Matthews, Ph.D., Aisha Ussery, Collin Hannaford, Andrew Rotherham, Jim Zellmer., JoAnn Collins;

2009: E.D. Hirsch, Jay Mathews, John Goodlad, Billy Reagan, Geoffrey Canada, Fredrick Hess, Jay Hartling;

2010: Tom Watkins, Marlena Vaughn, Susan Ohanian, Dr. Marion Blank, Neal McCluskey, Ernest Boyer (Posthumously), Mr. Pierre Fignole, Chris Woodhead, Diane Ravitch, Ph.D.

2011: C. M. Rubin, Tavis Smiley, Joe Nathan, Ann Thompson, James Webb, Kiernan Egan, Professor Hani Q. Khoury

2012: Sandy Hook Elementary School of Newtown, CT , individuals, who gave their lives for their pupils and in the service of education individuals, who gave their lives for their pupils and in the service of education. First responders for their courage and on-going assistance in the little town where Sandy Hook Elementary School of Newtown, CT , took a worldwide human race to its knees. Bless Be the Tie That Binds Our Hearts.

2013: Donna Garner, William Korach, Alan Singer, Bror Saxberg, Rick Hess, Paul Horton, Antoinette Tuff, Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D., Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson

2014: Terry Grier, Paul E. Peterson, First Lady Barbara Bush, Yong Zhao, Christopher Arnold and Tracey Baker, Karen Nave, James Webb, Alice Linahan, Robert Nasson

2015: Dr. Kevin Donnelly, Robert Pondiscio, George Leef, Monty Neill, Bob Schaeffer, Lisa Guisbond, David Mirabella, Michael Petrilli, Peter Greene, Jennifer Waddell, PhD, Gus Jacob, Michael Harris, Lynn Wade, Nicholas D. Hartlep, Alan Hooker

2016: Ben Carson, Elie Wiesel, Jennifer Buckingham, Deborah Confredo, Dr Hani Q. Khoury, Professor Theodore Zeldin, Anna Ulrich, Stephen Colbert, The Unknown Teacher.

2017: Carol J. Carter, Mike Hess, Marion Brady, Joan Freeman, Scholastic Books, The International Literacy Association, The Ayn Rand Institute, The American Enterprise Institute, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Lastly, we need to recognize those teachers and students who have lost their lives due to violence over the past few years.

2018: Delia Stafford, Monty McNeil, Wilfrey McClay, Bruce Urhmacher, Jane Robbins, Stan Lee (posthumously), James Webb (posthumously), Maurice Fisher (posthumously)

2019: Heather Mac Donald, Don Winn, Jane Robbins, Larry Lipsitz, Dr. Jay W. Friedman, Ugur Sak, Glen Taylor

2020: Teachers, The Medical Field

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