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Student centered? What's all this about?

Started Sep 15, 2021 0 Replies

The whole school system, almost any school system, is there for the students. But that was not enough for the Education Establishment. They had to use the kids as leverage to destroy what was left of…Continue

Tags: centered, ignorance, back2school, learner, traditional

K-12 is a war against children

Started Jan 12, 2020 0 Replies

The headline is totally counterintuitive....yes, I know that.The longer I've studied education, the more I was shocked by how destructive most theories and methods are.It's a lot like going to a…Continue

Tags: common, core, illiteracy, socialism, dumbing

Cursive should be in the Core

Started Dec 27, 2016 0 Replies

 Common Core tried to drop cursive and phonics. For me these are signs that Common Core had lost its way from the beginning. I want to present a case for cursive. It has a lot of benefits that most…Continue

 

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Emergency memo to teachers: please return to real reading

 Illiteracy is still the big problem. The education establishment foisted a phony method on the American public. That would be sight-words, an instructional method that guarantees most kids will never learn to read. The podcast (and transcript) introduces three experts, all women accustomed to working with teachers:Nora Chahbazi, Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction / EBLIEmily Hanford, The Science of ReadingDenise Eide, The Logic of EnglishI don't know these women but their work has impressed…See More
Jan 19
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If you're serious about making better schools, consider this...

HERE'S WHAT PROMPTED SOME BIG THOUGHTS ABOUT K-12:I read an article by a professor about rhetoric, communication, grammar, and such. It hit me that a person, to understand anything the professor is talking about, would need a substantial foundation. That's what K-12 used to provide.My epiphany was that the bottom is dropping out from under the younger students. They are kept busy learning nothing. Increasingly, the new information they hear each day is going to echo for a few seconds in their…See More
Dec 16, 2021
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Reading Wars -- what's that all about???????

Everyone in education needs to know what the Reading Wars are all about. Here's a quick summary. Episode 21 on Let's Fix Education. 10 minutes. Share and subscribe.https://letsfixeducation.buzzsprout.comSee More
Nov 17, 2021
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Here's why a liberal arts education is good for everyone.

All my life I am primarily a writer. But until a few years ago I would never have thought to recommend my sort of education to anyone else.The typical literary education seems to be putting too much emphasis on famous works and famous authors and the details thereof.But the main activity in a liberal arts education is analysis of text. This is the central activity in virtually all things that  educated people do. And where do students learn to do this except in literary work?A lot of children…See More
Nov 2, 2021
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Why our public schools are mired in mediocrity...

For thousands of years, virtually all educators were devoted to teaching facts and knowledge. So-called Progressive educators seemed to realize they did better when the students and the population were relatively ignorant.So K-12 education became a hustle where schools pretended to teach traditional subjects, but in fact undermined that teaching. And that's why Charlotte Iserbyt coined the phrase "the deliberate dumbing down of America."This short podcast explains why so much that seems…See More
Oct 20, 2021
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Why was Ken Robinson such a phenom?

Our education establishment is constantly telling us that some new gimmick is a new plateau, a new level for education.Robinson died recently and there were a lot of articles about him, many of them negative. I was surprised as the press on him was enthusiastic for many years.So here's a short introduction to why I was always suspicious of him, and why some other people were negative. This story tells us a lot about the entire field of K-12 education.…See More
Oct 7, 2021
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Socialism versus Education. Guess who loses.

Starting with John Dewey, our Education Establishment tended to think of education as primarily social engineering.In other words, their goal was dumbing down but for all the right reasons. Even if you agree with a socialist agenda, is it good to do all this in secrecy?We need a lot more open discussion of what's going on in our schools. There is a lot of deliberate dumbing down. And you can't stop this process unless you understand how the other side thinks.Episode 14 of my podcast…See More
Oct 1, 2021
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How do we save K-12?

There are always the same two steps, first one and then the other. Identify the illness. Cure the illness.There are so many symptoms of pathology. It's no good to pretend otherwise. Illness can't be cured until everyone understands that there is an illness. Short podcast (about 10 minutes) explains what went wrong.If you are mainly concerned with protecting the…See More
Sep 25, 2021
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Student centered? What's all this about?

The whole school system, almost any school system, is there for the students. But that was not enough for the Education Establishment. They had to use the kids as leverage to destroy what was left of traditional education. I admit I'm always suspicious of fads and jargon. For example, student centered.As years have passed, I'm more comfortable with my suspicions. Elite educators use these gimmicks  to push everything else out of their way.Anyway, that's the thesis of this short podcast.Episode…See More
Sep 15, 2021
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How to tell at a glance if a school is successful....

If students are upbeat, smiling, optimistic, then the school is probably doing a good job. But if the students are frowning, depressed, obviously not in a good mood, you know the school is failing.The proof is in the PLODDING. If they're trudging around like convicts In a prison yard, you know the kids are having no fun.The proof is in the PLODDING..That's the title of the new episode at Let's Fix Education.…See More
Aug 11, 2021
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The cause of the crisis in education -- personalities and philosophies

A century ago, the field of education was roiled by constant philosophizing and posturing. These early thinkers believed they were creating a Great New World. They were not shy about explaining their plans and motivations.All of this is captured in 10 quotes from John Dewey, Harold Rugg, George Counts, and the rest.Podcast, 18 minutes, The Crisis in Education…See More
Jul 21, 2021
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How to be an education reformer

Everything you need to know about why our public schools are mediocre, in less than 20 minutes.My goal is to turn everyone into an education reformer. You will have a lot of fun. Dysfunctional education is an affront to logic, common sense, truth, civilization, and even the smallest concern with decency or seriousness.So why does our country put up with so much of it?…See More
Jul 12, 2021
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Public Education Needs Your Involvement ASAP

Here are the two big changes of the last ten years:First, public schools have continued a steady downward trend. Everything gets worse, nothing gets better. Does anyone suppose this is by accident? No, I think it's clear that the far-left has been operating strongly and successfully for the past century within the educational sector. John Dewey is a permanent resident in our public schools.Second, in the past election, some candidates were more outspoken about their socialist and communist…See More
Jun 26, 2021
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Cheating must be eliminated

I think I wrote a long article about this topic six years ago.... But it keeps nagging at me. I suspect now it's worse than I thought it was.Did you realize that people at the graduate levels are buying their papers on the Internet. That should not be remotely possible if the teachers are paying any attention.Meanwhile I think that schools and classes are in some cases completely overrun by cheating. It's a team sport. That is really disgraceful.The main thing that started to bother me is that…See More
May 2, 2021
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American history doesn't make any sense unless you factor in the Comintern.

 That would be the Communist avant-garde, arriving here in strength in 1921. This article is a quick history lesson about the fanatics that beset us. A five-minute read. Just 10 years later, in 1931, the Comintern made a move of extraordinary audacity, and long-term consequences. They staged a coup against phonics, trashing the old books,…See More
Apr 18, 2021
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K–12: Why John Saxon Is the Brightest Star in Math Education

American public schools are full of pedagogical nonsense: New Math, Reform Math, Common Core Math. If you want the real stuff, look at the textbooks created by John Saxon, writer and publisher. (After 27 years in the military as a jet pilot.)If you are dismayed by what you find in the public schools, read this short piece about John Saxon's life and magic.Here is his secret: he loved math and he loved kids. He especially loved bringing them together. He loved creating efficient, enjoyable…See More
Apr 7, 2021

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Author of eight books, poet, artist, education reformer. Founded Improve-Education.org in 2005. Have 500 education articles and videos on internet. (YouTube videos just passed 3 million views.) Author of "Saving K-12 --- What happened to our public schools. How do we fix them?" (Probably the best quick but comprehensive explanation of what went wrong.)

Specialty is explaining bogus theories and methods commonly found in public schools. My goal is to help the school system reform itself. Another goal is to help parents protect their children against harmful pedagogy.

Twitter name is @educatt

Literary site is Lit4u.com
What is your present job title?
Consultant
At what school level do you work?
K-12
Where do you work?
Other location in USA

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Emergency memo to teachers: please return to real reading

Posted on January 19, 2022 at 5:41pm 0 Comments

 Illiteracy is still the big problem. The education establishment foisted a phony method on the American public. That would be sight-words, an instructional method that guarantees most kids will never learn to read. 

The podcast (and transcript) introduces three experts, all women accustomed to working with teachers:

Nora…

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If you're serious about making better schools, consider this...

Posted on December 16, 2021 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

HERE'S WHAT PROMPTED SOME BIG THOUGHTS ABOUT K-12:

I read an article by a professor about rhetoric, communication, grammar, and such. It hit me that a person, to understand…

Continue

Reading Wars -- what's that all about???????

Posted on November 17, 2021 at 7:10pm 0 Comments

Everyone in education needs to know what the Reading Wars are all about. Here's a quick summary. Episode 21 on Let's Fix Education. 10 minutes. Share and subscribe.

https://letsfixeducation.buzzsprout.com

Here's why a liberal arts education is good for everyone.

Posted on November 2, 2021 at 8:51pm 0 Comments

All my life I am primarily a writer. But until a few years ago I would never have thought to recommend my sort of education to anyone else.

The typical literary education seems to be putting too much emphasis on famous works and famous authors and the details thereof.

But the main activity in a liberal arts education is analysis of text.…

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