Bruce Deitrick Price
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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 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
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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
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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
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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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"The Kids Have Given Up"

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 kids have given up.” Both agreed that the kids could do the work but they no longer wanted to bother. They had withdrawn from the battle. The retired teacher sums…See More
Oct 9, 2017
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Many students have to cheat and fake their way through college.

 Article discusses the phenomenon of students buying term papers on the Internet. Why do they need to do this? Simple. K-12 does a terrible job of teaching the basics: reading, writing, grammar, spelling. It really does appear, judging by quotes in this article, that students who can write a grammatical paragraph are the exception. Meanwhile, the colleges don't want to look too closely as they would lose a huge number of customers if they enforced official standards. All those student loans…See More
Sep 19, 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 does a sight-word become a vocabulary word????

Posted on January 11, 2018 at 6:02pm 0 Comments

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.…

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Phonics and democracy go together like...?...

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

....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

Common Core is mean and malicious: does anyone care?.

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

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…

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Do We Deserve The Schools We Get?

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 6:06pm 0 Comments

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…

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