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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.

4/26/10

Education: Incompetence or Sabotage???

Could the US really have 50,000,000 functional illiterates (among many other problems) because the top educators were careless and didn't pay attention decade after decade until: Whoops! What happened?? Nobody can read!???

Explaining the decline in the public schools seems to me to come down to a nasty choice: the people in charge are dreadfully incompetent; or they're dreadfully subversive. (In either case, they should be replaced, shouldn't they?)

My new article on CanadaFreePress wrestles with this dilemma. Title is "Could Educators Be That Dumb?--Everyone Wants To Know."

Bottom line: we're almost forced to conclude that our educators were trying to undercut education. Why?? Because nobody's that incompetent. There must have been intent.

A good read. You'll like it. (http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/22395)

4/19/10

How Educators Try To Sabotage Reading...

When you make a list of all the stupid ideas enshrined in the public schools, there will be many contenders for stupidest idea of all.

It’s tough to pick the absolute worst but let me nominate the common practice in public schools of teaching children to GUESS what words mean. This is the central gimmick in whole-word or sight-word reading.

But here’s the good news. Guessing is a clear signal that a child cannot actually read. It is thus the quickest diagnostic we have. If a child looks at “car” and reads “house,” you see immediately that the meaning is wrong, and the phonetics are wrong. So you know this is just a stab in the dark, a hopeless cry in the wilderness. You don’t need to know anything else. It’s time to stop whatever so-called training the child is getting and teach the child to read using phonics.

The leading experts in the Whole Word movement said that guessing is good. I’d argue that guessing is part of a broader strategy known as dumbing down.

The link is to a four-minute video on YouTube that explains why guessing is a problem. This graphic video is intended for teachers and parents who don’t quite understand the flaws in Whole Word. Please pass this link around:
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4/6/10

Facts Are Fun! Knowledge Is Power!

Here Is the exciting truth: the human brain loves to acquire new information.


Imagine the misery of human brains stuck in public schools where the curriculum is in effect a war on content, and the reigning educational philosophy states that children must be protected from knowledge.


With regard to ignorance, it’s time to go cold turkey. No more ignorance! From this point on, learning is king, and knowledge is the whole point.


A simple one-step recovery program is available free for all public schools. The program is titled “Teach One Fact Each Day.” This thing is easy and fool-proof. It can be started now.


See “47: Teach One Fact Each Day” on Improve-Education.org.

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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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