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1) Main site is Improve-Education.org. Articles there are scholarly (in a lively way) and intended to last for years. This blog is for short newsy bits. 2) This site is pro-education, pro-teacher, and anti-Education Establishment. Basically, that's the professors who devise policy. They love social engineering.

10/2/17

Pensare Oltre invites Bruce Deitrick Price to speak in Italy

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

 Our Education Establishment, no matter how many millions of children end up illiterate, is able to suppress debate and elude public outrage. Critics are typically ignored. After all, if they disagree with the Education Establishment, they must be wrong.

 “So it was a strange surprise,” Bruce Price explains, “when education reformers in Italy contacted me for help in their fight against sight-words in public schools. Must be a mistake, I thought. American experts constantly stress that a phonetic language would never need sight-words. Oh, they wail, if only English were perfectly phonetic like Italian!!" 

Here’s a shocker. Italian public schools had, in fact, detoured into sight-words, causing all the problems we have here, namely, dyslexia, ADHD, and too much reliance on psychiatric-plus-pharmaceutical solutions. Apparently, social engineers everywhere love illiteracy; and nothing delivers it better than sight-words.

 Many phonics experts stated for years that dyslexia is almost never a real disease. In fact, it should be called dysteachia. 

Italian reformers reached the same conclusion. Their website (note it can be either English or Italian) asks: Learning Disorders or Teaching Disorders? 

Price has been an informal consultant to Pensare Oltre for almost 4 years.  “They are a unique group," he believes. “Smart, sophisticated, scientifically inclined. They’re thinking through the weird practices of their Education Establishment so they can persuade their country to get back on track.” 

Italian is beautiful, entirely phonetic, and possessed of a proud literary and operatic heritage. The people who would teach Italian with sight-words announce to the world: I, Dunce.

            Two years ago Price wrote up his  involvement with Pensare Oltre (which means thinking beyond)  under the headline: "Education Reform: Italian Group Shows Americans How It’s Done"

            This year they’ve invited Price to speak twice at their two-day conference in Milan, a great honor. One speech is called “Know Thine Enemy,” which investigates what kind of people are making a mess of our public schools. (Typically they are called Progressives.) A second smaller talk is titled “Broken Promises.”  Again and again, our public schools promise to teach X but years later nobody knows much X.

            The conference on October 20-21, 2017 mixes a lot of themes: education, psychiatry, culture, science, entertainment.  “I don’t believe,” Price says, “there is another group in the world like Pensare Oltre, certainly not in the US, and, boy, do we need one.”

             Pensare Oltre is particularly offended by the tendency of school officials to attribute every problem to an alleged psychological disorder, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, dyscalculia, and dysorthography. If you teach something incorrectly, you should expect problems. The more incorrect you are, the more deep and ugly the problems will be. That’s been the quiet history in the United States since 1931 when sight-words were pushed into the schools.


Addendum:  “Saving K-12— What happened to our public schools? How do we fix them?” is intended to help ordinary citizens understand the machinations of our Education Establishment. To be published November 17. See more info: Lit4u.com.


7/14/17

Saving K-12: What happened to our public schools?


I have a book coming out on Nov. 17 called Saving K-12. It answers these questions: What happened to our public schools? How do we fix them?

Saving K-12 is available for preorder now.

 If you feel that our publics schools should be better, and could be better, then you will enjoy this book.

The main strategy for improvement is that people understand what’s really happening in the classrooms. Namely, our Education Establishment promotes inferior, even cruel methods. For example, kids cannot learn to read with sight-words. It’s more of a hoax than anything else. When parents understand how the hoax works, then they can fight back.

 Saving K-12 consists of 65 essays on a wide range of topics.--


Contents

INTRODUCTION

1-CULTURE WARS
 Somebody does not like our culture

2-READING WARS
Why we have 50,000,000 functional illiterates

3-MATH WARS
 Students reach college not knowing what 7 x 8 is

4-HISTORICALLY SPEAKING
 100 years of dumbing down

5-THEORIES AND METHODS IN THE CLASSROOM
 Every fad turns out to be a foolish idea

6-COMMON CORE ENSHRINES THE WORST
That’s how you know they aren’t sincere

7-LITERARY FLIGHTS
 Who says serious has to be boring

8-GUILTY 
 Are they merely clumsy or carefully aiming for mediocrity

9-MOVERS AND SHAKERS
   We need our big shots to move and shake more than they do 

10-WHAT TO DO 
 Suggestions for repairing the damage

SUMMING UP
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If you are a book reviewer and want a copy, please let me know.

    This book is the best cheap gift for smart people.


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3/11/17

Why 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 recurrence.”

 Einstein weighed in on this topic. Doing the same thing again and again, while getting the same results, is a working definition of insanity.

 So there you have our public school system, an insane Rube Goldberg contraption with lots of wheels turning, balls dropping, springs springing…. but nothing is accomplished. 

  I've been studying education for 25 years and finally see a simple way of explaining the nonsense and inertia that we all witness. Every day is Groundhog Day because the essential conflict has not changed in almost 100 years. The underlying forces don't evolve. We are stuck.

Traditional education, where an expert teacher tries to transfer all the interesting stuff about our civilization to the minds of the young, is the proper job of schools. It is the right way to do things (even if we today would like to see more fun and cleverness in the classroom). So the community, and common sense, are always trying to  push the schools to do what they ideally should be doing. That’s the situation today just as it was in 2000 and 1980 and 1960 and 1940 and 1920.

 On the other side, we have “progressives” (that’s code for Socialists and Communists) who want to transform the schools so they become part of a collectivist transformation of society. Knowledge, facts, interesting stuff of all kinds, is of no interest to these people. The schools have only one purpose: social engineering. If some kids learn a lot and some kids learn a little, this opens up divisions in society. If children learn to think for themselves, they will argue with their ideological overlords. So in general the people at the top of the Education Establishment prefer dumbing down, mediocrity, and low standards. These people are for me the merest hacks. But you have to give them credit for hard work and relentless discipline. If even the smallest smidgen of education takes place in the schools, they will try to expunge it. They have dozens of bogus theories and dysfunctional methods designed to accomplish precisely this goal.

So this war—this battle for the souls and minds of the children—has not changed in the last hundred years. The apparent changes are all superficial: nomenclature, jargon, faddish claims. The community wants children to be educated. The progressives want children to be indoctrinated. That’s it. That's the whole game for 100 years.

 That’s why K-12 is Groundhog Day. 

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 The progressives have a vast interlocking network of people and organizations intended to keep the schools mediocre. Last year I would've said: the fix is in and the situation is hopeless. Now, however, new people have taken over the Department of Education. Now we can start to drain the swamp, as explained in this article on American Thinker: 

 Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are promoting charter schools and vouchers. Choice is the key concept. If the public has choicesthe public will pick what delivers the most traditional education. That's how we disrupt "eternal recurrence."  --  Bruce Deitrick Price

ANNOUNCING MY NEW BOOK:  "Saving K-12--What happened to our public schools? How do we fix them?" can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Lively reading about serious topics.
https://www.amazon.com/Saving-K-12-Happened-Public-Schools/dp/1681143623

More info here: www.Lit4u.com

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9/6/16

Parents: defend your kids against sight-words



Our Education Establishment is devoted to social engineering, not academic engineering. Our education commissars will sabotage academic aspects if that helps create more cooperative, more malleable children.

 The biggest gimmick in the public schools is sight-words (also known by many other names). This approach to reading will basically guarantee semi-literacy at best. One very common outcome is dyslexia.

 English is a phonetic language and must be learned phonetically.

 Keep in mind that English has far more than 100,000 words. At one time, the official dogma in our public schools was that children could memorize all these words on sight. This is completely idiotic. Many ordinary children cannot memorize even 300!

 I write about the subject all the time because it’s intellectually fascinating. Our so-called educators invent these methods that don’t work, then they have to brainwash teachers into believing in the methods, and then in turn brainwashing parents into accepting the methods. The children themselves don’t know what’s being done to them, so they are just lost souls herded around from assessment to remediation to psychiatric counseling.

Here is a good introductory article. All parents with school-age children should take a look: MAMMAS, DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO LEARN SIGHT-WORDS.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mammas-dont-let-your-babies-grow-up-learn-sight-words-price?published=t


 Here’s a somewhat more technical article about why sight-words are so difficult. Anybody interested in the reading problem will love this article: MASSIVE K-12 READING FAILURE EXPLAINED 
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/06/massive_k12_reading_failure_explained.html





1/1/16

Saving K-12 education in 2016

For many years I've focused on education reform; that work will continue. I have more than 400 articles on the Internet and over 3,000,000 views/visits on YouTube and various sites. To find education articles and videos, simply enter your interest in Google with the name Bruce Deitrick Price. It's an easy way to find a lot of material quickly. You can assume this material is intelligent, practical, lucid, conservative, and intended to help every student advance as far as possible.

During 2015,  I was constantly struck by two main trends we need to reverse. First, the Education Establishment continues its work of dumbing down the public schools, using a broad array of weird theories and methods. I started to think this phrase all the time: the fix is in. That is, we're being attacked from every direction. One group comes up with bogus approaches. Another group launches a PR campaign to tell us how wonderful these cons are. Another group raises money to attack anything in the way. Nothing is left to chance. This ruthless redundancy was clearly seen during the Common Core Debacle. Which reminds us of the little good news there is: the bad guys don't always win. If the public fights back, the public can prevail.

 Which brings us to the second sad trend. Our community and political leaders, our movers and shakers, all the people who should be helping the public to fight back, are silent and useless. From the Chamber of Commerce and the Ivy League universities, through all the official education groups, to the major religious organizations – what are these people doing? As far as I can tell, not much. Please, if you are a member of any organization, encourage that organization to be better informed, to take stands, to agitate for better public education.

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Along with the education work, I'll be busy on a variety of literary projects. Please see my literary site Lit4u.com for information about the five novels now available as e-books.

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8/15/15

Back to the novel: "The Man Who Falls In Love With His Wife"

For the past 10 years my emphasis has been on education reform. I believe I'm the most prolific writer on education in the country. I have 400 articles and videos on the Internet. My YouTube views are something like 1,700,000. This work continues as before...

But I'm going back, at least half the time, to being a novelist. I'm trying to bring all my projects to fruition.

My first experiment in this direction is "The Man Who Falls In Love With His Wife," romantic drama set in Manhattan. Can a husband love his wife too much? Just to be clear, this is not "romance." It's best described as literary fiction. (You can read a preview or buy the e-book HERE.





 There are now several new novels shown on my literary site: Lit4u.com.

You'll enjoy visiting Lit4u.com.


2/21/15

Memo to Mensa and PEN

 Posted on Mensa's Forum. I think it's important enough to repost here.

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I've just written an article about Samuel Blumenfeld's video where he says K-12 education is “a criminal enterprise.”  

He sums up the terrifying ramifications this way: “The dumb are getting dumber; and the smart are getting dumber."

The main reason is a designed-to-fail curriculum. Blumenfeld is especially critical of Common Core. But the biggest single malignancy is the deliberate use of reading instruction that does not work, i.e. Whole Word, Whole Language, Sight-Words, etc.

This comprehensive attack is the reason why our intelligence is shrinking. Blumenfeld notes that the number of high scores on SAT tests has dropped.

 So the country’s brain power is being deliberately and systematically destroyed. One might say this can’t affect Mensa because there will always be a top 2%!

 But that seems short-sighted to me. I submit that anything that reduces intelligence is a threat to Mensa and everything that I believe Mensa stands for.

 But people say that Mensa cannot take a stand on anything, not even matters pertaining to intelligence, not even the destruction of its own raison d’ĂȘtre. This strikes me as a convoluted little legalism. 

PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists), another elite organization, is behaving in an equally narrow way. They used to talk a lot about the “right to read.” Now they don't even mention that. I have told them that there is a much more important right here: “the right to learn to read.” They should be demanding that right for everyone on the planet, as should Mensa.

 We see a sad pattern here. The people at the top, the big shots, the movers and shakers, the smart and successful, the people who should be protecting the society, are passive, indifferent, unsure of themselves, or corrupted. Whatever it is exactly, I’ve designated this phenomenon “the silence of the shepherds.”

 The “lambs” go off to school and are rendered brain-addled in a variety of ways. What do they know? Their silence is not surprising. But the adults, the grown-ups, the leaders of the community, where are they? Why do they abdicate their responsibility? Why are they silent? 

Properly, everyone would be mad as hell and screaming out the window. As the signs say at sporting events: Make some noise.” 


  
Addendum: I hope that if you're a member of these organizations, you'll support these arguments to the leadership. Speaking of the society generally, the tide is running the wrong way and I sense there is not a lot of time.

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1/13/15

Education, Politics, and Lies--what’s the difference?

During the past decade, I wrote mainly about education. I decided it would be good strategy to stay away from peripheral issues. I didn’t want to confuse my readers. I wanted them to think, oh yeah, this is that guy that writes about education.

In particular, I wanted to stay away from politics. You don’t need any special expertise to sound off about politics. As an education critic, I find there’s few other people doing what I’m doing. But as a political critic, I would be one of many thousands.

 Trouble is, I found more and more that politics and education blur together these days. Here’s why. Both fields have been taken over by liars and sophists. Was it always like this? Or has it simply become more blatant?

Maybe I should try to describe my a-ha moment. Trying to explain Obama to myself (or anyone else) turns out to be difficult because he says whatever he needs to say on any particular day. Meanwhile, I found that explaining sight-words, Whole Word and why so many children are illiterate is very difficult, because the Education Establishment sells its nonsense any way it can.

A few years ago I wrote an article that basically concluded, if you can understand Obama, you can understand sight-words. Similarly, if you can understand sight-words, you can understand Obama. In both cases, there’s nothing genuinely there except the deception and sophistry being promoted at that moment.

That’s pretty strong but also very helpful. It may be the only way you can understand sight-words and the way reading has been taught, such that we have 50,000,000 functional illiterates. It’s very hard for the average parent to grapple with the reality that the Education Establishment may be nothing but a chorus of liars. But if you look at sight-words, Reform Math, Common Core, constructivism and all the rest, you eventually realize that the lying never stops.

Then you look at the New York Times protecting Obama at every turn. What you have is another chorus of liars. And if you look back and forth from the people keeping Obama in office and the people keeping sight-words in the public schools, you are confronted by similar choirs.

Years ago, the Left came up with the idea that journalists don’t need to tell the truth. They could tell each one’s personal subjective truth. Schools of journalism now teach their students to lie. That’s why you have these contrived stories about rape at UVa. And that’s why you have the irresponsible reporting about Treyvon Martin and Michael Brown. The journalists pick the perspective that makes the minority person look innocent; and they just keep pushing it. If they had bothered to look at the relevant videos, they would know not to take such a biased position.

 So what’s the bottom line here? I don’t think there's a single good idea in the public schools and I don’t think there is anybody at the top of education telling you the truth. Furthermore, I don’t think there's anybody in the White House telling the truth and I don’t think that anybody in the liberal media is trying to make them tell the truth. That’s grim but probably closer to the truth than not.

 Harvard had a motto “Veritas. Would any university pick that motto today? It’s doubtful. Harvard’s  probably trying to figure out a way to pretend they didn’t do it, because what liberal universities really believe in these days is their agenda. Ten big lies to push their agenda don’t even add up to one little white lie as far as they’re concerned.

 How can we hope to sustain a civilization based on perpetual dishonesty? I think it’s up to everybody to start over and do what it takes to rebuild our integrity. In the first grade say that 2+2 = 4.  Conversely, claiming that 2+2 = 5 must be denounced as a lie. You start to mess with 2+2 = 5 only if you're crazy, you’re a criminal, or you’re trying to set up a totalitarian regime as in 1984.

There are lots of legitimately complicated things to argue about: the nature of reality and what God is up to. But if we're talking about whether a six-foot person is taller than a five-foot person, that’s merely a fact. You can’t pretend that facts are not there. Obama lives in a world where he can say anything on any given day and then contradict it on a later day. Our Education Establishment lives in a world where they can announce that any theory can achieve any results.
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 How to restore integrity to K-12 education: eliminate dubious theories and methods. Here is a list of what needs to go: "Top 10 Worst Ideas in Education"

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Bruce Deitrick Price / Improve-Education.org

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7/4/14

Let's get rid of Reform Math-- a meditation for July 4

Here it is July 4. Hurray for the USA.

If you want something to be optimistic about,  reflect on this...

 Those goofy self-appointed experts who control the public schools in this country made a big mistake. They went too dumb, too fast, too blatantly,  too obnoxiously. (You might say they did a King George.)

 They basically told the parents of America, "Eat cake, shut the hell up, and don't bother us. If your kids come home with weird homework that you cannot do, just remember the reason is that you're not very bright. There's no reason to expect that your kids will be very smart. So just accept your fate, and their fate, and leave us alone so we can do our job, which is supporting Pres. Obama in his fundamental transformation of the country into a socialist paradise. And that's not a snarky joke. We really believe it will be a paradise. For us."

 Their arrogance and contempt turned out to be really good news for the rest of  the country. Parents have struggled with the stupid problems and come to the correct conclusion that the people designing these problems are not serious about math. They are serious about something. But what it is the average person cannot understand. That's because the average person is not a power-hungry ideologue control freak.

 So there is a lot of discontent in the land. This creates an opening. Every excess in boxing or military  maneuvers creates an opening for a counterattack. You don't need to persuade the mothers of America that something is seriously wrong. They know that from their own experience.

So if you're an education reformer, you can take the position that Reform Math must be destroyed completely. Use Singapore Math. Use Saxon Math. Use any old-fashioned math textbook from 75 years ago. Doesn't matter. The point is that RM must be eliminated. The parents of America are ready for that sweeping decision. First Reform Math, then Common Core. They both emanated from the same swamp.

Here is a longer discussion of the same points in American Thinker. If this whole perspective is new to you, please read this other article and the comments that people left.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/06/reform_math_must_be_destroyed_root_and_branch.html

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5/12/14

Superior Schools: Theories and Methods for Effective Education


Malkin Dare, the well-known Canadian education reformer, has a very important article on her site called “Ten Keys to Success: Fundamental Principles of Teaching.”

 This is everything you want to know to run a school or classroom in the traditional way. It’s everything you need to know to fight the destructive methods that progressives favor (because they are obsessed with social engineering rather than academic pursuits).

 But the article is over 3000 words and I didn't think enough people would read it thoroughly. So I asked Malkin Dare for permission to make a short version. She said: “Go for it.”

 So now my condensed version (under 1000 words) is on Examiner.com, with links to the original and some related material. The new title is: “Ten Stratagies for Successful Teaching.”

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The problem was I edited the title as I was posting the article and that seemed to confuse Examiner’s search tools. So I later posted a link to the short version on FreeRepublic, but someone there has a prejudice against Examiner, which as you’ll see is really a fine site. So now I'm promoting this article a third time.

If everyone concerned about education would read this article, we would see some magical progress.

 (I used a third title here because that increases the chance that people using Google will find it.)

 Here, to whet your appetite, are the topic sentences for Malkin Dare's ten strategies:


1: Almost all students can learn
2. Almost anything can be learned
3. There are almost no circumstances under which students can’t learn
4. Basic skills should be taught before higher-order skills
5. Factual knowledge is important
6. Hard work must be encouraged
7. Lessons should be clear and precise
8. New concepts should be practiced until they have been completely mastered
9. New concepts should be taught in sequence 
10. High student achievement is not dependent on lavish spending

 Please pass this on to every teacher (and parent) you know. 
These strategies are, by the way, the perfect antidote for every goofy idea contained in Common Core.
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Examiner linkhttp://www.examiner.com/article/ten-stratagies-for-successful-teaching?cid=db_articles

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5/2/14

Common Core: dirty rotten scoundrels

Common Core cycles forward all the worst ideas of the last 75 years. In particular, Common Core promotes Whole Language, various kinds of Reform Math, Constructivism, and all the other gimmicks.

 But which is its dirtiest trick? This article in American Thinker (link below) argues that the sickest aspect of Common Core is that the math homework, the math instructional methods generally, divide parents from children. Only scoundrels could come up with this stuff.

The basic gambit is to teach math in a way very different from what the parents know about or can understand. We first saw this nonsense in the 1960s under the rubric of New Math. The country ridiculed this approach and rejected it. But the education professors had shown their hand. Whenever possible, they would figure out a way to teach something (anything) in a way that was alien and mysterious to the parents. The goal seemed to be to drive a huge wedge between the generations.

 This works particularly well in math. Math is often a complex subject. The ordinary parent has probably not gone very far in math. So you can throw something weird at them, and they'll be intimidated. They barely remember the old arithmetic they learned 10 or 20 years before. But here is something new coming from the school that makes no sense at all. What to do?

Imagine this scenario happening a billion times each year. That's probably an accurate figure

The child comes home with an instructional sheet from the school. The parent glances at it and can't understand it. So now the parent is sitting there feeling stupid. The kid is watching and wondering what's going on. Maybe his parents aren't so bright after all. The parent can complain to the school and look small-minded. The parent can try to figure out the material and teach it to the child. But this is exhausting and takes a lot of time.

Besides, the parent senses that a trick is being played. Just look, here's a way to multiply numbers that takes twice as long as the way we learned!!

 Well, at this point, you need confident parents who are willing to scream: you people are Pavlovian phonies and we're not going to take it anymore.

We see this wonderful phenomenon on a Facebook page called "Parents Against Everyday Math." For the record, Everyday Math is just one of a dozen kinds of Reform Math. It just happens to be the most common variety. Parents come to this site to leave their horror stories about homework they couldn't understand. Nor could they help their children to do it.

 This has been a pattern for many decades: parents bitching and moaning about math instruction, particularly math homework. Fifty years ago and before, the children bitched and moaned. That's the way it's supposed to be, because they are the students. 

The idea that parents cannot do homework intended for seven-year-olds is just so counterintuitive, just so crazy, that the average parent cannot get their brain around it. Nor should they have to try.

The parents need to look in the mirror and say these words: The school is disrespecting me. They are trying to make me look bad in the eyes of my children. They are dumbing down my children. A lot of overpaid people are spending their careers dreaming up stuff that will make my life worse and will weaken the country. I don't want to put up with this anymore. I want to find the people who okayed this bogus method, and get them demoted.

 Saxon Math is better than Reform Math. Any halfway sensible approach to arithmetic is better than Reform Math.

 I wrote an article a few years back arguing that you could teach first-graders everything they need to know about arithmetic with a handful of coins and a few dollar bills. At the end of the year they will know how to make change on any small purchase. They'll be able to add and subtract any one or two digit numbers. And a big reason why all that progress is possible is that virtually any parent can help them with their homework.


COMMON CORE'S DIRTIEST TRICK: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/04/common_cores_dirtiest_trick_dividing_parents_and_children.html


FIRST-GRADE MATH ARTICLE: http://brucedprice.hubpages.com/hub/PricesEasyArithmetic

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4/12/14

Heroes on 60 Minutes (A few words about why heroes are so important.)

Normally I don’t have any special affection for the TV show 60 Minutes. So trust me when I say I was overwhelmed by the show on March 30.

 I wish every student in middle school or high school could see this program. They would see heroism, genius, ethics, inventiveness, capitalism at its best, visionary talent, the future unfolding, all the things they need to see.

The first segment was about a young manager of a brokerage firm. He saw trading irregularities he didn’t like, and did something about it. (Most of us won’t understand the math but you will quickly understand that this guy was operating in the intellectual stratosphere.)

The second hero was the man who invented the Tesla car and the SpaceX company.

The third segment was about a blind prodigy, now one of our great pianists.

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 To understand the significance of this program, you have to understand that the Left hates heroes.   That's because socialists hate the idea that ordinary people can rise up to greatness. 

The Left seems to want ordinary humans to think they are incapable of any successful action, and their only intelligent choice is to wait for the government to give them a handout.

 For the last 50 years, give or take, school textbooks have little by little gotten rid of our national heroes. There might be only a few words about Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, George Washington, and all the other extraordinary people who built this country. This is completely backwards, and even evil. We all need to be reminded that with extra effort and extra dedication, we can take our game up to a higher level. 

 That's basically what propelled this country. Everybody in the country thinks they can improve themselves and their lives. The Left doesn't want you to think such thoughts. This is their ultimate evil action.

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 Here is a longer account of the three heroes, with a link to the full-length video of the program as it appeared on television.


http://www.examiner.com/review/thanks-for-the-heroes-a-fan-letter-to-cbs?cid=db_articles



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3/10/14

Needed: Religious Leaders to save the public schools

One of the things I write about a lot (because it perpetually mystifies me) is this: how can a tiny little cadre of far-left fanatics, mainly hidden away in graduate schools of education, continue to control and corrupt the entire public school system in this country?

 I say, HOW?

 I checked Wikipedia and it says there are more than 200 million Christians in this country. You would expect them to be more conservative, traditional, practical, down-to-earth, patriotic, all that old-fashioned stuff. You would expect them to push for real schools teaching real knowledge in really effective ways.

 Most of all, you would NOT expect these religious people to roll over when a bunch of socialist  agitators show up and try to transform everything. But roll over they did for the most part.

 In fairness to the religious people, however, I must grant that this rolling over was a slow-motion process over many decades  and indeed most of a century. John Dewey was still in first gear around 1914. The whole dumbing-down process was still a gleam in his twitchy little eyes (see photo above).

 Anyway, what is  entirely apparent to me is that if all these religious people (Christians and every other kind) would more or less push together in the same general direction, they would be irresistible.

 So why don't they?

The only answer I can give you is a tribute to the sneaky subversive ingenuity of our Education Establishment. They have wrapped everything in jargon. They have come up with approaches, procedures and methods that are so complicated to talk about that nobody knows what's going on.  They have concocted genuinely idiotic ideas that defy and mystify common sense. Even as the average person hears all this malarkey and finally gives up, the Education Establishment appropriates  more billions in tax money and pushes twice as hard.

Think of the way Obama & Co. handle everything: IRS scandal, people dead in Benghazi, people murdered in Mexico by Fast and Furious guns, what do they do? First of all, they admit nothing. They lie about everything. They change the subject. They come up with three new proposals for going to Mars. That's more or less what our top educators have been doing for all these years. Bamboozle pretty well sums it up.

 So I've recently been writing about the idea that if we had some strong leaders, Christians, Jews, et al, we could turn this thing around. Easily.

The first piece is called "Public Schools vs. Christianity" on American Thinker.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/01/public_schools_vs_christianity.html

That suggested a second piece called "Where are the Christian leaders in education?" on RantRave. http://www.rantrave.com/Rant/Where-are-the-Christian-leaders-in-education.aspx 

 So please, if you're a member of any religious group, pick one of these articles and suggest the other members of the group read it. Then everyone talks about it in order to find if you agree on enough things to fight back.

 Especially show the article to people who might step forward and provide leadership.

 One important point developed in these articles is that religious leaders cannot be expected to know the ins and outs of educational nonsense. So each leader needs to have some advisors, a committee, a little group of  friends who are interested in education and can explain the sophistries. This is essential. The Education Establishment overwhelms people with BS piled three stories high. I never said the education professors are not smart in a con artist sort of way. They spend their whole lives figuring out new ways to sell bad ideas. So they have a great initial advantage. But if the religious leaders will familiarize themselves with the basic theories and methods, they can then rely on the vast scope of their membership to push back.

  Here's one way to find out how this stuff works. I have almost 300 or 400 articles on the Internet, where I try to explain all of the dubious schemes. Further, when people contact me, I try to answer their questions.

 Or just use Google cleverly. Suppose you want to know about Reform Math. You enter such words as: problems with reform math; complaints about reform math; and similar. Eventually you will find all the best articles published about that topic.

 The good news in education is that there is just too much nuttiness and people are finally noticing. Reform Math is nuttiness. Constructivism is nuttiness. Whole Word (a/k/a sight-words) is nuttiness. Common Core is nuttiness. And much else. (Admittedly, I've become quite a cynic. But I'd go so far as to say if our Education Establishment likes it, it's nutty.)

Here is what actually works. We get smart people and educate them well, until they are deeply informed on their major subjects,  biology, French, whatever. Then you let these people (we call them teachers) loose in the classroom and expect them to do a good job. Add training in how to make a good presentation, then they'll be able to do that part of it. (With all the digital tools there are now,  everything just got much easier.) That's it. That's the essence of education for thousands of years. Can't you almost predict that our Education Establishment will try to do the opposite at every point?

 So it's a good time for a counterattack. It's a good time to say to the Education Establishment, you people are sinister and far too interested in grabbing power. You've been getting away with it for decades. But we're sick of it.

@educatt
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1/20/14

"Common Core or Communist Core????"

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    Somebody left that comment on a news story about educational matters in North Carolina, I believe.
     I was fascinated to notice that the commenter didn't think it necessary to explain the comment or justify it. Clearly, the commenter had gone around this track a couple of times and figured out that the whole thing was blatant.
     I left this in response:
    "I'm glad to see you make this comment. The left has been so successful with their anti-anti-communism campaign, it is considered impolite to mention the obvious. Namely, that the main beneficiaries of creating millions of ignorant and illiterate American students are our enemies, e.g., Commies.
    Namely, that ever since the Communists got on their feet about 1921, they've been trying to take over the world through trickery. The best trick they pulled off was taking control of our school system.
    Many of you understand this completely. But some are hearing this for the first time and thinking, what's all this? Please just think about it. There is no way that normal, intelligent people could come up with scores of totally idiotic dysfunctional methods. Those so-called methods were carefully designed by sicko psychologists NOT to work; then left-wing ideologues holding positions of power in this country injected those methods into the schools. This got going in high gear around 1931 with Look-say, and continues this minute with Common Core. It is all the same BS. It pretends to be an educational method but is in fact a gimmick designed to disorient and dumb-down children.
    So the best thing people can do is to defeat Whole Word in any form, Reform Math in any form, Common Core in all of its manifestations, Constructivism, anything labeled student-centered, anything concerned with so-called Competencies as opposed to real content, etc., etc.
    Everything the public schools do should be considered injurious until proven otherwise."
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     I'm in the middle of reading "Credentialed to Destroy – how  and why education became a weapon."  This is an important book (which you can find on Amazon). The basic theme throughout the book is that everything we've seen in education since about 1920 is the same thing: attempts to weaken our society by dumbing down the schools.
     John Dewey laid out this plan as early as 1900.  Dewey would have said that he was improving our society, not weakening it. Point is, he was immediately into subversion and intrigue. The plan was to take over the ed schools, use them to indoctrinate the young teachers, and then send the teachers back to Any Town, USA to indoctrinate the children. Communist "agents of influence" threw their weight behind this plan and tweaked it to serve their purposes.
     See, for example, "36: The Assault on Math," which explains how  math and reading were undermined. http://www.improve-education.org/id60.html
    [FYI: My new articles are announced on Twitter. See @educatt ]

12/13/13

Common Core, Hustle from Hell -- update

 on American Thinker:


Common Core was sold to the public as a way to improve public schools. Arguably, it’s the opposite.

First of all, the people in charge have been in charge for 85 years. They have proved themselves to be architects of mediocrity and decline, nothing more.   (QED: That's what they know how to do, and apparently what they are committed to doing.)

 Second, Common Core locks in place bad ideas that have plagued us for decades. Sight-words in reading; Reform Math curricula in arithmetic; Constructivism in the teaching of knowledge; and many other failed theories and methods beloved by left-wing professors.    . (QED: if they started over with better ideas, maybe we could trust these people. Instead they gathered up all the worst ideas in the universe and tried to set them in stone.)

Third, Common Core Standards give federal bureaucrats more power. Communities will have less flexibility. It’s everything a totalitarian government wants.  (QED: the real motive for Common Core, as with ObamaCare, is more power for Obama and his crew.)
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Take away the three QED's and this is the opening to an article about Common Core on American Thinker. If you're not sick of the subject,  it's a good way to get up to speed.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/common_core_standards_throwing_gasoline_on_a_fire.html

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 One final note for this blog post. Think back to New Math circa 1965. One of the gimmicks then was to flood the elementary school classroom with complex and advanced subjects, the kind of things that students used to study in high school and college. We heard talk about Boolean algebra, base eight, matrices, statistics, all kinds of crazy things that no seven-year-old should have to put up with. So what was the motive for this? My take is that the Education Establishment thought they could impress and bamboozle the parents and the community. "Hey, we're teaching your kids algebra in the second grade, so shut up and leave us alone." Of course, the parents don't usually know enough to argue and negotiate. So they are beat into passivity. Which is perfect if your real goal is to dumb down the public schools.

 In Common Core today, we hear a lot about higher standards, internationally benchmarked, and all kinds of pretentious talk like that. There is always the implication that all children are going to suddenly rise up to these high standards, simply because they have been announced. In fact, the standards are impossibly scattered, vague, overblown, and very few children will rise up to all of them. Again, I think we're seeing a blitz on the parents exactly like the one in 1965, and for the same dishonorable reasons.

 It's far better to have a few, easily understood standards that the entire community can discuss and comment on. So that Mr. and Mrs. Jones have a genuine feel for how their child is doing. It's precisely that connection which Common Core obliterates. When you have 75 difficult-to-understand standards, you basically have a hoax.

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