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This is the biggest question in K-12. All success in elementary school pivots on this question.
The answer is obvious. Sight-words become vocabulary words when the child sounds them out. At that point, we might say, the child transcends cold, almost useless graphic design and appropriates it at a phonetic level.…Continue
....sight-words and dumbing down.
Yes, there's a big cosmic battle going on. The Education Establishment likes to discuss reading as a dry scientific subject. Of course, they say, we need sight-words because phonics doesn't work all the time. So they say.
Meanwhile, here's what does work all the time. Sight-words dumb down their victims…Continue
There is a famous picture of a little girl crying because she can’t do a second-grade math problem, and neither can her mother. Probably millions of people have seen this picture. Certainly the experts in charge have seen this picture. They do not relent. They keep on pushing this idiotic pedagogy. The kids cry. The parents don’t know how to help them. It's all captured in this one picture.
A meditation on why the schools are bad. Is it enough to discuss what the Education Establishment does with Its vast budgets?
Maybe it's also necessary to contemplate what we put up with. The Education Establishment does not function in a vacuum. It's functioning in the middle of 300+ million people. Maybe if our standards were higher...Maybe if we put pressure on the professors to do a better job...Maybe if…Continue