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Still running at the ed school cineplex: "John Dewey and the Effete Elite"

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.

8/19/09

Critical Thinking--A Fraud For At Least 60 Years

Just put new review on Amazon for "And Madly Teach," published 1949, perhaps the earliest expose of public school follies. Wonderful book...And it contained a wonderful anecdote about a boy who got 30 in reading and math. When his mother complained, he answered, "Yes, but I got 100 in Postwar Planning." (See review if only for last paragraph.)

See how it works. Children who know nothing are said to have deep discussions about the aforementioned nothing. Nuclear energy. Roman society versus Han society. Hindu ideas on death...The sky's the limit when you know nothing.

From k to college, "critical thinking" is another gimmick devised by our Education Establishment to disguise the fact that nobody is educated. A beautiful phrase. Poetry! Who could be against it? Compare: Whole Word, Constructivism, Cooperative Learning, Reform Math, Self Esteem, and 50 more. Not one increases education; not one is intended to. They are empty marketing slogans; and "critical thinking" may be the best of the bunch....For a good short article on this topic, click here.

8/4/09

The Good News About Education Spending? It’s Overrated!

Maybe if enough school districts waste enough billions without enough results, people will finally realize: “Gee, maybe money isn’t everything. Maybe we really ought to make teachers major in what they teach. Maybe we ought to use reading programs that teach children to read in the first grade. Maybe we should use math programs that teach children to do arithmetic. Maybe if the people in charge were actually interested in education.....

Point is, the Education Establishment always demanded more money; always got more money; but rarely did a better job. Hmmm. Even my local paper, long a fan of giving educators whatever they wanted, ran a Cal Thomas column headlined: “Misplaced faith in education spending.” Analysts concluded that money is not the be-all. I say that knowing this is good news, liberating news. Now we can focus on what is the be-all: schools sincerely try to raise children as high as each one can go.

(Could educators with a trillion dollars get good results?? Not if they use Sight Words.)

Improve-Education.org is The Answer

Find out what ails American education on Improve-Education.org.
Main site: Improve-Education.org (Now up to 105,000 words and growing. Newest article: "50: Leading Boys To 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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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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