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.
AN EDUCATION PROFESSOR WROTE YET ANOTHER COLUMN ALLEGING THAT EVERYONE IS PICKING ON TEACHERS, AND PLEASE SAY A FEW KIND WORDS TO YOUR LOCAL TEACHERS. BAH HUMBUG. (Here's the comment I left:)
Columns like this are somewhat disingenuous and not very helpful. The premise is that the whole world is lining up to criticize teachers. This is not true.
I write about education every day, often negatively, and rarely even mention teachers. I never blame our problems on them. In my view, teachers, along with students and parents, are the victims of an often dysfunctional system.
All of my criticism is directed at the so-called experts at the top, what I call the Education Establishment. These people, mostly professors and ideologues, have devised all the bogus methods used in the schools. These people are responsible for the 50,000,000 functional illiterates this country has, and the continuing low scores in math and basic knowledge.
If we are going to improve education, we need clarity. Let's stop using teachers as a propaganda ploy that lets the Education Establishment escape scrutiny.
Let's ask: Who actually makes policy? Who controls the theories and methods used in k-12 education? Who manipulates the system from far-off control centers such as the Harvard Graduate School of Education, not to mention the DOE and NEA?
My own recommendation, often stated, is that we replace the top people. We need education officials (preferably local) who care more about knowledge and the mind than about social engineering. That would be wonderful to see.
Bruce Deitrick Price
HERE'S WHY THIS ARTICLE IS SO DANGEROUS. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT IF WE JUST HAD BETTER TEACHERS, EVERYTHING WOULD BE FINE. NOT SO. THE BEST TEACHERS IN THE WORLD CAN'T DO A GOOD JOB IF WEIGHED DOWN BY BOGUS METHODS. WHOLE WORD WILL ALWAYS PRODUCE LOTS OF ILLITERACY. WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE BOGUS METHODS, AND THE PRETENDERS WHO CREATED THEM.
(Longwood College, Department of Education, Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk,
Letter sent to Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)
Be suspicious of Common Core Standards
I want to say how proud I am that Virginia has not jumped on the Common Core bandwagon. Kudos to Governor Bob McDonnell and Dr. Patricia Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Suspicion is the only rational reaction. Does this country’s Education Establishment have a history of improving education? Quite the opposite. That’s why critics invented the term “dumbing down.” If you want more of that, you know where to find it.
As for 40+ states signing on, remember that Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan went around the country with suitcases of cash (nominally grants but better described as bribes) to seduce states into signing on. Most would not have done so otherwise.
Especially scary is the notion that schools will now concentrate on literacy and numeracy, two subjects that our Education Establishment has mangled for many decades.
I suggest letting the other states test this thing. Wait a few years. Then we’ll at least have hard data.
ADDENDUM: it's truly amazing the way our local media pushes for this stuff.
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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