Did you know we have 50 million functional illiterates? That should be a clue that our Education Establishment is lost and needs to rethink a lot of dumb ideas. I believe that reading is ground zero in the education wars. If we are to save the public schools, we first have to save reading. That means everybody ought to know why Sight Words, Whole Words, and Dolch Words don’t work. Fortunately, this is easy! Read this short, hard-hitting article: “Let’s Rescue Reading: Here’s The Plan.”
Or visit YouTube where I’ve got eight graphic videos on reading--search “Why Sight Words Don’t Work” (other titles will appear on the right side of the YouTube page). Then spread the word. Parents especially need to be able to defend their kids against dumb reading ideas.
In a hurry? Here's the whole thing explained in less than 3 minutes: "Kindergarten Sight Words: Not A good Idea."
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.
The Education Establishment has debased the country’s high schools to the point where graduates can hardly be presumed to have a 9th grade education. A recent survey asked Arizona high school students, “What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?” (29.1% did not know; in addition 12.1% got it wrong). Dare we even presume that high school graduates have a 6th grade education?...Now Obama wants to spend $12 billion to make community colleges do what high schools should be doing. Why not make HIGH SCHOOLS do what high schools should be doing?? And save $12 billion!....Probably the goal is to make ever more professors and administrators ever more dependent on government. The pay-to-play part might be making sure students encounter only PC views... (Cliff Notes: the decline of American education is surreal and fantastical. Any book or article that told the exact truth about this descent would be classed as science fiction--cf. "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers." For a peek into the man-made darkness, see my sci-fi article "36: The Assault On Math.")
I would like to advise The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on how to improve education in America. When I think of trying to talk my way past people who have been given orders not to let anyone pass, I know it's simpler to send him a letter on AmericanChronicle. Visit this link for a real sweet statement of what's wrong with the Education Establishment. My basic theme is that the first thing we must do to improve education is to deconstruct and discard all the destructive gimmicks that have been introduced over the last 75 years, such as Whole Word, Reform Math, Constructivism, and literally about 100 others. The letter is not, of course, addressed solely to Bill Gates. Please show it to anyone you know who is trying to improve our public schools.
I just read this important book (by Albert Lynd) and put a review on Amazon.com. Lynd deserves credit for writing the first BIG SALVO in the education wars. He called our Education Establishment what it is--dim-witted and corrupt. I was surprised to learn how candid the elite educators were in 1950. They announced openly that the traditional curriculum should go, never seeming to guess that the public might object, or that smart worldly people like Lynd might laugh at them. Here’s what happened next, in my estimation. The Education Establishment got much more subtle, more tricky. They didn’t try to throw out the traditional subjects so much as to undermine the teaching of them, with gimmicks such as Whole Word, Reform Math, Constructivism, Multiculturalism, Self Esteem, No Memorization, etc., etc. Well, those are the inanities I write about. See, for example, "30: The War Against Reading.”
Fun on YouTube...I have 50+ graphic videos on YouTube. Educational and entertaining, often. Many deal with reading and educational strategies. Many have good music and need some volume. (Channel is: YouTube.com/BruceDeitrickPrice)
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Bruce Deitrick Price
- Remain a novelist, artist, poet, and art director. But main activity is writing about education reform.. The schools, now bad due to ideology and laziness, could be easily improved. That claim is clearly explained in new book "Saving K-12--What happened to our public schools. How do we fix them?"I invite everyone to join my crusade or start your own. The worst thing is letting the Education Establishment continue its reign of incompetence.Visit Improve-Education.org. (Or Google Bruce Deitrick Price and any education topic; you'll find some interesting articles. I have 400 ed articles, videos, and book reviews on web. Please use them in your own battles.)
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