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Insane Math Standards Coming to Your School

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Recreation

Bizarre Opaque Kafkaesque Bogus...

If Public Schools Were a Business, All of Top Management Would Be Fired

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Opinions

If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be comical Our schools seem to be run by Italian cruise ship captains In a society, where everyone is immersed in language and surrounded by words, we somehow manage to have an illiteracy crisis...

Let’s Get Busy Saving the Public Schools

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Opinions

Many pundits note that our public schools are sunk in mediocrity Bill Gates concluded the schools are so bad they threaten the country’s economic future Less often noted is the obtuseness of so much that goes on in the schools...

In the Clutches of the Sight-Word Monster

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

The country continues to be plagued by illiteracy The reason is simple The country continues to be under the heel of some of the most reckless and reprehensible “experts” imaginable...

“Balanced Literacy“ -- Unbalanced and Unhinged

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

So here’s the deal The same people who lied to us about reading for 70 years now want us to believe they are finally telling the truth They said that English isn’t phonetic, that children don’t need the alphabet and the sounds, that children need only to look at words and memorize the shapes...

Education: A Walk on the Wild Side

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Opinions

[SUMMARY: Public schools are bad because the Education Establishment, for 75 years, has made them that way] Feeling brave Got a cast-iron stomach...

Employees: What to Do About Their Educational Deficiencies

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Business

The good news is that the nation’s young people tend to be fairly well-adjusted, at ease with themselves, and suffering if anything from too much self-esteem  The bad news is that many young adults are educated to what used to be called an eighth- or ninth-grade level  A retired general recently wrote in the local paper that three-quarters of high school graduates are not fit for military service...

Why “Meaning” and “Comprehension” Are Strategies For Dumbing Down

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

Once upon a time, a reader was someone who could say the words on a page Readers didn’t leave out words that were there, or add words that were not there Nor did readers make wild guesses or weird substitutions...

Education Establishment Resigns En Masse

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Humor

Speaking to a large audience of colleagues, press, and spectators at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Professor D Tweedle gave a long, rambling speech often interrupted by cheers and applause Here are the highlights: I’ve been asked by my colleagues to make an important announcement on behalf of the Education Establishment...

Fake Reading Theory is the Slave Trade of Our Era

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

Fake reading theory is the slave trade of our era Conscience demands that it be opposed A hundred books, perhaps two hundred, have been written on the reading wars...

Education: Waiting For Lewis Black

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Humor

According to a movie and book that came out in 2010, everyone is Waiting For Superman That would be the heroic, miraculous, too-good-to-be-true school that will swoop down into even the worst neighborhoods and rescue all those bad-luck kids Me, I’m not counting on Superman...

Nation’s Reading Crisis Continues: Most Kids Functionally Illiterate

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

[SUMMARY: New test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress reveal that two-thirds of American kids are effectively illiterate New policies--and new experts--are needed] The new National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) figures show that only 35% of our younger students are "proficient" in reading, and only slightly more are "proficient" in math...

Memorization Versus "Higher Thinking": A Phony Issue

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

Once upon a time, in a country far away, students had to memorize stuff They knew the names of presidents, states, rivers, inventors, countries, books Why, they even knew dates...

Education: There Are All Kinds of Lobotomies

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Culture

This is a story about mad scientists A true story In 1932, the Education Establishment forced a new, unproven reading method on American public schools (the method was known at the time as Look-say)...

Education: Land of the Giant Bimbos

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Opinions

The Most Revealing Education Anecdote Ever, that’s the topic for today’s rant In researching why American public schools sank into mediocrity, I’ve read about 60 books and hundreds of articles The writers are always describing juicy conversations and revealing scenes, as quick ways to illustrate what happened to public education...

Most Hostility to Phonics is Caused by Lies

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

There are parents who sincerely believe, “Phonics didn’t work for my child” This is an extraordinary assertion, akin to saying, “Exercise didn’t help my kid” Phonics experts say they routinely teach nearly 100% of children to read, typically in the first grade...

Common Core Curriculum: The End of Education?

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

A remarkable spectacle has unfolded over the last few years The Obama Administration has offered multi-million dollar grants to states to tempt them into adopting a new approach to education called Common Core Curriculum At this point, more than 40 states have accepted the deal...

Is English a Phonetic Language?? Of Course. 100%

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

Welcome to the Reading Wars One of the weirder aspects of this conflict is that some so-called experts say a lot of untrue things, for example, that English is not a phonetic language Sure, and birds do not fly...

Why Has Cheating Become an Epidemic?

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

Pundits routinely assert there is a cheating epidemic in American education A few statistics can confirm the extent of the problem Researchers at the University of Nebraska surveyed students and found that “89 percent said glancing at someone else's answers during a test was cheating, but 87 percent said they'd done that at least once...

State of the Education Nation / a Report From Improve-Education

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Education in the US remains curiously schizoid On the one hand, the official experts tell us they know what they’re doing, and public education is getting better and better At the same time, most statistics tell a different story...

Dyslexia: A Cruel Myth

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Advice

(SUMMARY: Is dyslexia an in-born mental condition Or merely an excuse that schools use to hide their instructional failures) SUMMARY: Is dyslexia an in-born mental condition...

Education: A Case of Hostile Intent

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

An Internet forum asked this question: “Suppose you had $1 billion to spend, how would you improve education” More than 40 people left suggestions, all of them smart, articulate, and sophisticated But something nagged at me...

How Children Read: A Primer For Teachers and Parents

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

The Reading Wars, astonishingly enough, continue to rage Rudolf Flesch explained the problem in 1955, in his famous book titled “Why Johnny Can’t Read” Many other smart people have explained the problem again and again...

Education: Everyone Should Be Paranoid

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Politics

I remember, when I was in college, hearing other students discuss “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” a famous speech (1963) and essay (1964) by Richard Hofstadter I was not interested in politics then and paid little attention; but I can testify to the respect these smart students gave Hofstadter’s thoughts I just assumed they had substance...

A 30th-Anniversary Celebration of “Why Johnny STILL Can’t Read”

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

Rudolf Flesch published “Why Johnny Can’t Read” in 1955 It was a big success and remains one of the best-known books in American history In that book Flesch explained the illiteracy crisis in the United States...

How We Fix the Public Schools ASAP in Four Steps

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Opinions

Lenin asked his famous question in 1901: “What is to be done” Today in education, that question remains as hot and urgent as an oncoming hurricane The Education Establishment has spent 100 years making public schools dumber...

Church of Knowledge Vs. Church of Indoctrination

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

Many people, confronting the mediocrity and malaise of the public schools, are dumbfounded Why have things gotten so bad As long ago as 1983, a government report said that our schools seem to have been designed by a hostile foreign power...

Six Roads to Dysfunctional Schools

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Opinions

Many wonder why American public schools are so dysfunctional Study American public education and you will probably reach a point where you are reluctant to look further; because you have started to sense just how perverse the field is, and how destructive many of its practices are Throughout the 20th century, the Education Establishment devised scores of seemingly sophisticated pedagogies...

Education Viewed as Form and Content

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

[Summary: Education has two basic components: Content and Form All the rest is tinsel and trivia Indeed, it often seems that irrelevant debates are created so that nobody focuses on the essentials...

Education: First, Fix the Rotten Foundation

Author: Bruce Deitrick Price

Category: Education

Bill Gates said public schools are so bad they are a threat to the national economy and the society’s long-term survival What should we do Gates and, it seems, every group in the country is eager to offer policy recommendations that are supposed to fix education...

 
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