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A "Map" With No Scale Of Miles Is Good Enough For Time Magazine

20 years ago I noticed a simple index of our educational decline: books and magazines would run maps without a scale of miles. I created a sheet titled “Map Alert,” which made the point that maps without a scale of miles are no longer maps. They are abstract art. Only a fool or an ignoramus would run a map without a scale of miles. (I sent Map Alert to many editors, some of whom even apologized!)

Which brings us to Time magazine, June 21, 2010, and its long article on cleaning up the mess in the Gulf. On pages 56-57, there’s a "map" of the huge area from Texas to Florida showing various oil wells. Very interesting, I thought, as I settled in to see what was what and where. Then I realized there was no way for me to compare distances I know with distances on the map. Many people speak of a Golden Age when Time was respectable and trustworthy. Alas. (I often think the whole magazine should be written by Joel Stein. At least it would be funny.)

Please see “MAP ALERT” here.



Race To The Bottom -- Constructivism Sits in Catbird Seat

I'm starting to see the caper. Feds want to give lots of money to states if they'll change all their testing. Change as in DEBASE.

Virginia, where I am, is resisting. Good news. The Norfolk paper yesterday ran an editorial, explaining that the feds want to emphasize "strategies and approaches," as opposed to actually knowing answers. The other giveaway is that the feds don't actually have their ideas worked out, so nobody can see how bad they are. All we know is, drug dealers are handing out free money.

Virginia, I predict, will emerge as one of the smartest states in the country if they stay with real testing.

Meanwhile, the most popular gimmick in education now (and it will surely be part of the Race to the Bottom) is call Constructivism. Every parent needs to understand this fad. Please see "Constructivism versus Minorities and the Poor," a short article. Or check out "34: The Con in Constructivism."


Boys, Books: Where's The Class Action Suit??

I've been tracking this mess for years: boys can't read or they don't read.

The schools use stupid whole-word methods, then compound the problem by telling boys how much they'll enjoy the Diary of Anne Frank and other such deep, literary, boring, or otherwise inappropriate books. Babies are 51% male; but college students are only 43% male. Hmmmmm, it's almost as if some schemers are trying to damage male literacy. Successfully so! For decades!

Parents with boys in school should spend 10 minutes getting up to speed on the boys/books problem. Drastic action may be required. See "50: Leading Boys To Reading" on Article includes a list of books that boys love.
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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.
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