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Cursive should be in the Core

Started Dec 27, 2016 0 Replies

 Common Core tried to drop cursive and phonics. For me these are signs that Common Core had lost its way from the beginning. I want to present a case for cursive. It has a lot of benefits that most…Continue

 

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Saving K-12: what can we accomplish?

Announcing: my book of 65 education articles titled Saving K-12 to be published mid-November. Preorder after Labor Day. Books are being printed now. I just stopped by a local art gallery to set up a book-signing party (in Virginia Beach). I’m contacting radio shows, websites, and so on. I want to do what I can to promote this book. I don’t think there’s much hope for K-12 unless a great many people reassess what’s going on. I would like to encourage that reassessment.My book promises to…See More
Jul 11
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

Constructivism, still a big sad story in education

If you'd like to feel your head spin, try to understand the justification for Constructivism, a destructive pedagogical theory and method that has infested K-12 education. Let me sum up the situation with the words of Allen Ginsberg:"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by sophistry scheming  hysterical shameless, drugging themselves on subversive theory..."  On the other hand, probably no one should waste time trying to understand this gimmick. But it's very important to understand…See More
Jun 5
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The killing of knowledge...

 Okay, maybe they don't kill it. They simply try to prevent students from learning very much of it. In our public schools, knowledge is a déclassé citizen, an illegal alien, a leper. You might think that knowledge would be an axiomatic part of K-12 education. Not so. Our Education Establishment is obsessed with limiting the amount of knowledge to be found anywhere in the school. This has been the pattern since  before 1920. (Of course, in those earlier days, school officials could not get away…See More
May 17
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

Good Survey of Bad Reading Methods

 Typical stats say that we have more than 30 million illiterates plus a much larger group of people who are semi-literate.if you define a reader as someone who can curl up with a good book, we probably have 75+ million nonreaders.Think about it. How is all that possible? Easy. Our Education Establishment is really good at illiteracy. They play games – an endless charade – where they pretend to be teaching children to read. They are teaching children never to read! Would you like to understand…See More
May 2
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Two big problems in K-12: academics are sabotaged and character is undermined

 Children should be encouraged to do their best at all times.Instead, here's what our public schools recommend: take it easy; cut corners; don't worry if you're late; don't memorize anything; if you didn't bother with your homework, no problem; don't pay attention in class;  guess; give up; drop out. Why do we hear so much about snowflakes? Apparently our public schools specialize in creating them. The way you prepare people for dealing with challenges, as this article explains, is you give…See More
Apr 5
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Why is education reform so difficult???

     Why does everything seem to stay the same year after year, despite all the hoopla and the 600 billion shoveled into the money pit?    I finally figured out a way to explain this inertia in a few paragraphs. Here is short blog post "K-12 is Groundhog Day":.---------------------------------------------------------     In the movie, Bill Murray gets up every day and has to live through the same realities that he lived through the day before. Nietzsche called this predicament “eternal…See More
Mar 13
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Social justice warriors make false claims about K-12

 Unequal funding? That's not the main problem. What's unequal is the intelligence and compassion of the people in charge.To an astonishing degree, they promote theories and methods that are known to be ineffective. The only connection to money is that the school system makes a lot of money by turning out unsuccessful students! Thank you, Title X. Consider this factoid: Jean Chall's The Great Debate, 1967, shows that of 27 studies from 1920 to 1965, Whole Word was found superior by only one…See More
Feb 13
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Draining the K-12 Swamp

I’m sure some are fearful of what Trump will do. I’m optimistic. Our Education Establishment is fond of “progressive” remedies that don't work. And I mean: they really do not work. What’s the answer? Get rid of these remedies.Most reforms proposed in educational circles always involve more money, more and more money. What if this is a giant ripoff? What if the bad theories and methods are not just dysfunctional, they are horribly expensive?So, if you get rid of the bad ideas, you will have…See More
Jan 31
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Defining failure so it's success

 The secret ingredient in the process known as  "the deliberate dumbing down of America" is a general recalibrating, redefining, and readjusting of every norm, every standard, everything once thought settled. The basic idea is to get rid of anything challenging, so that every child can get a B or even an A. Or give them the B anyway. In matters of crime and punishment, Sen. Moynahan called this process "defining deviancy down." We are now all part of a process that can be called "defining…See More
Jan 12
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Cursive should be in the Core

 Common Core tried to drop cursive and phonics. For me these are signs that Common Core had lost its way from the beginning. I want to present a case for cursive. It has a lot of benefits that most teachers have not heard about. This article on American Thinker lists eight reasons why kids need cursive. These reasons mostly revolve around precision. Students have to do things in a certain way. In general, our Education Establishment tends to prefer sloppy, too much of which is a bad thing. Even…See More
Dec 27, 2016
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Cursive--why your students need it

 There has been a long simmering debate over cursive. The Education Establishment doesn't want it, so we are seeing less and less of cursive.Common Core downplayed phonics and tried to drop cursive. There you have two of the reasons that Common Core is widely reviled. Truth is, a good case can be made for cursive, especially in the early years of schooling. It helps children learn to read. It helps children learn to make sense of language. Cursive makes children smarter because you have to be…See More
Dec 27, 2016
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History tells us why our schools are a mess

Never forget the ambition and frenzy of the Communist International circa 1930. Lenin and Stalin wanted control of the planet. In some countries, they could aim for a military coup. But in any country, they could try to take over the weak, undefended targets such as the press and education. At the same time that the Communists were starving 5+ million people to death in the Ukraine, their sympathizers were discarding phonics and imposing Whole Word in US Schools. Point is, the dysfunction in…See More
Dec 7, 2016
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READ 60--a modest proposal for dramatizing the reading crisis....

 And also fixing it. My conclusion is that illiteracy in the United States is mostly a result of social engineering. John Dewey and the rest of his gang wanted all children to be in a muddle together. That is, after all, the central goal of socialism.Reading has been badly taught for 85 years, with the results that millions of children don't read and often can't read. This article is about a simple way to fix this problem. READ 60 suggests that all children should read 60 minutes each day, in…See More
Dec 1, 2016
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Should the schools teach knowledge or ideology?

 Everything comes down to that question. Starting 100 years ago, the Progressives said: never mind knowledge, that's old-fashioned. What we want to teach is enlightened political attitudes. I wrote an article for American Thinker where I played off what Jamie Escalante and John Saxon would do (teach knowledge)  against what Heather Hackman, a social justice warrior, would do. That's her real name and she's very clear that virtually the only thing worth teaching is liberal,  politically correct…See More
Nov 3, 2016
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Oct 25, 2016
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Our public schools love dumb, as I will explain…

The Education Establishment has a funny prejudice. They don't like facts and knowledge, especially not for average kids in public schools. (That's why Charlotte Iserbyt wrote a famous book titled "The deliberate dumbing down of America.") Our elite educators are clever at coming up with sophistries to justify teaching less and less. The big new sophistry  goes like this: there are billions and billions of facts on the Internet, so why should children know even one? The gimmick says: whenever…See More
Oct 25, 2016

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Author of eight books, poet, artist, education reformer. Founded Improve-Education.org in 2005. Have 400 education articles and videos on internet. (YouTube Videos just passed 2 million views.)

Specialty is explaining bogus theories and methods commonly found in public schools. My goal is to help the school system reform itself. Another goal is to help parents protect their children against harmful pedagogy.

Twitter name is @educatt

Literary site is Lit4u.com
What is your present job title?
Consultant
At what school level do you work?
K-12
Where do you work?
Other location in USA

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Saving K-12: what can we accomplish?

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Announcing: my book of 65 education articles titled Saving K-12 to be published mid-November. Preorder after Labor Day.

 Books are being printed now. I just stopped by a local art gallery to set up a book-signing party (in Virginia Beach). I’m contacting radio shows, websites, and so on. I want to do what I can to promote this book. I don’t think there’s much hope for K-12 unless a great many people reassess what’s going on. I…

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Constructivism, still a big sad story in education

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 8:26pm 0 Comments

If you'd like to feel your head spin, try to understand the justification for Constructivism, a destructive pedagogical theory and method that has infested K-12 education.

 Let me sum up the situation with the words of Allen Ginsberg:

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by sophistry

 scheming  hysterical shameless,…

Continue

The killing of knowledge...

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 4:49pm 0 Comments

 Okay, maybe they don't kill it. They simply try to prevent students from learning very much of it.

 In our public schools, knowledge is a déclassé citizen, an illegal alien, a leper.

 You might think that knowledge would be an axiomatic part of K-12 education. Not so. Our Education Establishment is obsessed with limiting the amount of knowledge to be found anywhere in the school. This has been the pattern since …

Continue

Good Survey of Bad Reading Methods

Posted on May 2, 2017 at 7:44pm 0 Comments

 Typical stats say that we have more than 30 million illiterates plus a much larger group of people who are semi-literate.

if you define a reader as someone who can curl up with a good book, we probably have 75+ million nonreaders.

Think about it. How is all that possible? Easy. Our Education Establishment is really good at illiteracy. They play games – an endless charade…

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