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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 explain: WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS? HOW DO WE FIX THEM?
If you are a blogger, expert, reviewer, pundit, editor, professor, writer…. and you want to do an article or review, let me know. I'll send you the information you need. In the meantime here are the basics: https://www.lit4u.com/saving-k-12/
PS here is what I think is the essential problem.
K-12 education exists in a sort of semantic fog. No two Americans can have an intelligent conversation about education because all the terms shift and don't refer to anything precise. For example, sight-words (one of the things I crusade against) have had many names: look-say, memory method, word method, whole word, Dolch words, Fry words, whole language, balanced literacy, high-frequency words, Zeno words, and others. They all mean the exact same thing: your children will not be permitted to learn English phonetically. But how can parents talk to each other about what is working and what isn't working? All of these names are in effect the aliases that criminals have, so the police will never know they're talking about the same Joker.
Meanwhile, phonics has always been phonics. There have been almost 35 studies (phonics against sight-words). And phonics is ahead roughly 34 to 1. Does anything else need to be said?