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Here is one of the most important fault lines in American K-12....
Many children in elementary school don't learn to read in a timely way. The school naturally doesn't want anyone to think it's their fault. So they blame the pupils. The children have something wrong with their brains, some genetic mistake, some disability. It's not the school's fault if they can't teach a damaged child to read.
Quite commonly in the US, this genetic mistake is…Continue
Ever since 1931, when our Education Establishment terminated phonics in the public schools, literacy has been in free fall.
This whole thing is grotesque. The Emperor has no clothes; he's covered with red sores that suggest a horrible infection, probably syphilis. But 1000 professors of education ooooh and…Continue
"....the content of their character." Martin Luther King clearly thought it's important.
Children in public schools don't hear that message anymore. They're not encouraged to work harder, be all they can be, all that old-fashioned stuff.
Now it's enough if children slide through at a slovenly level, cutting corners, maybe cheating a little, rarely finishing anything on time.
The attack on character,…Continue
Last week, a retired schoolteacher left a comment on one of my articles, probably the saddest comment I’ve seen.
He retired after 30 years, then two years later he returned as a substitute. He said that he could feel the additional decline that had taken place in that short time. Another teacher commented by way of explanation: “The…Continue