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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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How our schools turn children into monsters

I've never been very interested in Ayn Rand until someone told me about a 1970 essay where she explains how Progressive education turns children into monsters. This is everything I’ve been writing about for the last 20 years. But she took it further and deeper. Nothing escapes her clinical gaze. She is actually a great child psychologist.If you’ve always suspected there are a lot of suspect ideas in our K-12, my article won’t surprise you. If you’re hanging on to hope that Progressive is…See More
Apr 18
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

Are you concerned with curriculum design?

Curriculum design, that’s where basically all the crimes are committed. That’s where the bogus theories and the defective methods are integrated into every classroom so that no child will be left unscarred.None of this could happen if the process were rationalized. Experts would propose ideas that are then carefully tested in the field, that is, hundreds of classrooms. Nothing would become operational in a single school until it had been proven for several years.Some of the biggest…See More
Apr 11
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

The war on men starts with the war on boys

Main revelation (in linked article) is that Sight-words (also known as Whole Language, etc.) is more destructive of boys than of girls. Could you guess why? Boys by large are confident and cocky. They can climb up on a roof and then jump off the roof. But what if you put something in front of them, an obstacle, that keeps them from ever climbing up on the roof. They will be frustrated and irritable.Girls, meanwhile, are more patient, more accommodating, more concerned with the group being…See More
Mar 26
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Still confused about phonics versus Whole Word? Meet Berys Dixon

Everyone should know the Berys Dixon story....Schoolteacher does what she’s told until one day she realizes she’s been lying to her parents. The method she was teaching does not work. She does her own research, finds her own answers, and for the first time helps most of her children to read.This woman is so down-to-earth, so straightforward, so honest (I think we can assume) that even a professor of education at Harvard will be reluctant to argue with her. She’s been there and done it, unlike…See More
Mar 14
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

Here's why I joined Patreon....

If you've read any of my work that you approved of, please support me on Patreon.Patreon's basic idea is crowd patronage. Lots of people contribute small amounts…See More
Mar 1
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

Customized learning-- the hype is tremendous.

Whenever the Education Establishment is gung-ho about something, I assume it’s going to be a disaster, perhaps not for the Education Establishment but for education itself.People selling digital technology are naturally overjoyed to find billions of dollars coming their way. I get that part.The role of the teacher will be further diminished. I know the Education Establishment likes that because we see this reaction in Constructivism. I’m deeply suspicious. I think teachers should be more…See More
Feb 9
Bruce Deitrick Price commented on Sarah Daren's blog post Ultimate Guide to Online Geography Resources for Educators
"Somebody left an interesting comment on one of my articles.... He was taught geography by nuns, many years ago. He mentioned that there were endless competitions, sometimes boys against girls, sometimes A-B against V-Z. He said the children loved…"
Jan 26
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Curriculum design, anyone? Consider Quintilian.

As progressive education has successfully replaced traditional education, it has filled up every classroom within an array of dubious theories and methods.Particularly interesting is the absolutism of the people doing this. The propaganda is relentless that Sight-words are a valid way to teach reading, that Constructivism is the only way to go, that Common Core is the best way to organize a school, etc., etc.Many people forget that all of these things are theories, never seriously tested in…See More
Jan 24
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

How does a sight-word become a vocabulary word????

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.Sight-words are read slowly, haltingly, incompetently. That’s not reading, although the Education Establishment would like to pretend it is. These pretenders have gone to great lengths to…See More
Jan 11
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Jan 3
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Phonics and democracy go together like...?...

....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 and make democracy impossible. Flesch explained all this in 1955. He was a very smart guy. He saw the cosmic dynamics explained in this article: K-12:  Killing…See More
Jan 3
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Common Core is mean and malicious: does anyone care?.

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.In the article I compare the Common Core Syndrome to the rape and murder of Kitty Genovese years ago when…See More
Dec 11, 2017
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

Do We Deserve The Schools We Get?

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 we understood the real intellectual and ideological dynamics.... Thomas Jefferson…See More
Dec 7, 2017
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Have you heard the word dysteachia?? You will.

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 called dyslexia.  People claiming to be experts on…See More
Nov 4, 2017
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

You can teach a child to read

 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 ahhhh.  Look at his beautiful tux! Here's a primer on ignoring the syphilitic emperor and the sycophantic professors. It's a quick guide to the first steps in teaching children to read. This…See More
Nov 1, 2017
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The content of their character??

 "....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, I realized in the last year, seems to be just as well organized as the attack on academics.…See More
Oct 26, 2017

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Tell our School Leadership 2.0 community a little bit about yourself. Feel free to post your email address and website. Also feel free to list your areas of interest. This will help other members dialogue with you.
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 2.5 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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How our schools turn children into monsters

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 5:30pm 0 Comments



I've never been very interested in Ayn Rand until someone told me about a 1970 essay where she explains how Progressive education turns children into monsters. This is everything I’ve been writing about for the last 20 years. But she took it further and deeper. Nothing escapes her clinical gaze. She is actually a great child psychologist.

If you’ve always suspected there are a lot of suspect ideas in…

Continue

Are you concerned with curriculum design?

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 10:30pm 0 Comments



Curriculum design, that’s where basically all the crimes are committed. That’s where the bogus theories and the defective methods are integrated into every classroom so that no child will be left unscarred.

None of this could happen if the process were rationalized. Experts would propose ideas that are then carefully tested in the field, that is, hundreds of classrooms. Nothing would become operational…

Continue

The war on men starts with the war on boys

Posted on March 26, 2018 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Main revelation (in linked article) is that Sight-words (also known as Whole Language, etc.) is more destructive of boys than of girls. Could you guess why?



Boys by large are confident and cocky. They can climb up on a roof and then jump off the roof. But what if you put something in front of them, an obstacle, that keeps them from ever climbing up on the roof. They will be frustrated and…

Continue

Still confused about phonics versus Whole Word? Meet Berys Dixon

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 5:42pm 0 Comments

Everyone should know the Berys Dixon story....Schoolteacher does what she’s told until one day she realizes she’s been lying to her parents. The method she was teaching does not work. She does her own research, finds her own answers, and for the first time helps most of her children to read.

This woman is so down-to-earth, so straightforward, so honest (I think we can assume) that even a professor of…

Continue

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