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K-12 is a war against children

Started Jan 12 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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What do teachers really think about today's students?

We hear a lot of criticism about public schools et al.Normally, teachers feel forced to defend their institutions. They don't speak very candidly.But Quora found a way to obtain more honest reactions. Someone asked the question: What are the most appalling things about today's students?Lots of teachers gave lots of interesting answers. I think this is a helpful look at the state of education. Surely we can do better.Here is a representative sampling from the Quora quotes. A quick but revealing…See More
Mar 24
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What is the K-12 Conundrum? Smart, sincere people could not possibly do so much damage.

It all comes down to this simple question. If we had smart, sincere people running our public schools, could students end up so illiterate, so clueless about math, and so ignorant about general subjects???Are you kidding? it's not remotely possible.Well, that's my take. I think you have to work backward and decide these people are not smart and not sincere. They are desperados. Wonderfully clever banditos. They have the kind of minds that would make Bernie Madoff jealous.The article is called…See More
Mar 10
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Communism kills. How to explain that to students.

 Many people agree that 1984 is a book everyone should read. Especially so now that Democrats talk about Communism in favorable ways, and so do some students.The problem is that 1984 is a very traumatic book for many people. I used to think it would be too much for teenagers. But now that kids know so little, I changed my mind. The other problem is that many teenagers cannot read an entire book.... So my message today is, tell them to read 1984 or at least this article, "The World According to…See More
Feb 27
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Help stamp out Constructivism

After sight-word phoniness, Constructivism is the biggest fraud in American K-12.Constructivism dominates and perverts education from K to 12.Now the fun part. Try to find anyone in K-12 who can explain the problem. The Education Establishment is good at murkiness and mystery. Teachers are made to use methods they cannot justify.This piece is short and easy. I wrote it for the local paper because I want parents to understand what their kids are up against. (Apparently the media prefer that…See More
Feb 10
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Warren Buffett Thought Small

I wrote an attack on Warren Buffett's foray into the newspaper business. Nothing personal.. I just wanted to make the point that the people in charge of our newspapers don't even know how to help themselves, never mind help the public.Warren Buffett could've used newspapers to encourage literacy, to encourage school subjects generally. The more informed readers you have, the more newspapers you can sell. I don't believe he ever thought of this angle.Instead, he just let everybody get more…See More
Feb 7
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Bill of Rights for Students 2020 -- highly recommended

In his excellent new article, Prof. Jeffrey Ludwig explains why most educational reform is doomed. Education Can Be Saved, he states, But Not By The Left. Their ideological compulsions are killers. Please read this article. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/american_education_can_be_saved_but_not_by_the_left.html.-------------Ludwig recommends focusing on the…See More
Jan 26
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K-12 is a war against children

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 hospital to report on illnesses there and finding that some of the nurses use dirty needles and filthy bandages. Patients have died because of this carelessness or this malevolence.This article, on American Thinker, is a quick summary of the whole war. Once you get past the glittering claims, most of…See More
Jan 12
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Best SHORT Explanation of American Educational Failure

Churchill said Russia is “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” That’s hardly more of a puzzle than American K-12, which is sophistries wrapped in lies inside a thick fog.The problem in understanding K-12 is that you have a surface at odds with dark secrets inside. Imagine a beautiful $10 million mansion full of glamorous people leading expensive lives. Lots of good times. Life is perfect except that in the basement you have something deadly. Everyone gets sick from radioactive…See More
Dec 10, 2019
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What are social justice warriors doing for literacy?

SJW posture a lot.But on one of the most important issues, whether children can read or not, they don't have much to say. Illiterate kids don't have social justice.The US is said to have almost 50,000,000 functional illiterates. This injustice must be fixed first.Do Social Justice Warriors Fight for the Right to Read?…See More
Nov 18, 2019
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Best Short Explanation of American Educational Failure

Bottom line, for the last hundred years, American history has been moving on two levels.The one we can see where despite trillions of dollars we somehow end up with mediocre schools.The deeper layer is where Dewey and his successors manipulate the theories and methods used in the schools so that they get the dumbing-down that they want.Now that so many Democrats have announced they're Socialist, it's easy to understand all this. These people were obsessed with social engineering, not academic…See More
Nov 4, 2019
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News from the Reading War: Phonics Wins!!!

Imagine the German retreat after Stalingrad. A thousand-mile front moving steadily backwards toward Germany. Very painful for the Germans but bliss for the rest of the world.Similarly, developments this past year point to phonics finally defeating a fake pedagogy known as  sight-words, Whole Word, balanced literacy, Dolch words, high-frequency words, all the same gimmick.Children must memorize words as graphic designs. Not possible unless the kid has a photographic memory.Imagine, our Education…See More
Oct 26, 2019
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Fake News, Fake Education...blurring together

"I dare not tell a lie..."--attributed to George WashingtonIt's a long fall from there to rampant cheating, lying, dishonesty. All are epidemic throughout our society.CNN lies all day. The truth is not reported in our newspapers. Facts are not reliably taught in our classrooms. Many students at every level cheat a lot.The sad thing is, nobody's trying to turn this around.…See More
Oct 14, 2019
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Schools Aiming Low & Slow

Some days, when I think I'm clever to see that the people controlling our public schools are very disingenuous, I'm reminded once again that the brilliant H L Mencken got there first, and almost a century ahead of me.So this article is a twofer. First, what K-12 is really all about and has been for a very long time.Second, you can mind-meld with one of the best minds produced by American civilization.If you don't know Henry Louis Mencken, this is a great way to start,Schools for Slaves…See More
Oct 2, 2019
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A quick, helpful look at Constructivism

Constructivism is one of the most all-encompassing theories ever created. It does all things for all people. For children, it constructs new knowledge.In practical terms, it forbids teaching. Teachers must be passive facilitators. (The reasoning is that if a teacher tells something directly to students, the students can no longer create their own new knowledge. It's already been done for them. And that's bad.)Constructivism is a big soft cloud of theory.This article tries to give a better sense…See More
Sep 30, 2019
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The big threat to Education is people like Bernie Sanders....

I venture to say this is an important article. Please read.Only 850 words. But it will take you into the real story behind what's been happening to K-12 for the last hundred years. Namely, lots of people worked to degrade our school system. They did this for ideological reasons--quietly, secretly, furtively, and very effectively.We can't fix the situation and turn it around until more people understand what actually happened. For example, why exactly do we have 50 million functional…See More
Sep 14, 2019
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Start the school year right. Fix reading!

By now, it's almost a 90-year conspiracy.That's the one where they dumped phonics around 1930 and made little children memorize sight-words, thereby creating lots and lots of problems. For example, 50 million functional illiterates and 1 million dyslexics.The only way you could pull off a brain-dead conspiracy like this is that all the bad guys work together. It's not just the education establishment. It seems to be most of the media, most of the foundations, most of the universities, most of…See More
Sep 3, 2019

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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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What do teachers really think about today's students?

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

We hear a lot of criticism about public schools et al.

Normally, teachers feel forced to defend their institutions. They don't speak very candidly.

But Quora found a way to obtain more honest reactions. Someone asked the question: What are the most appalling things about today's students?

Lots…

Continue

What is the K-12 Conundrum? Smart, sincere people could not possibly do so much damage.

Posted on March 10, 2020 at 10:11pm 0 Comments

It all comes down to this simple question. If we had smart, sincere people running our public schools, could students end up so illiterate, so clueless about math, and so ignorant about general subjects???

Are you kidding? it's not remotely possible.

Well, that's my take. I think you have to work backward and decide these people are not smart and not sincere. They…

Continue

Communism kills. How to explain that to students.

Posted on February 27, 2020 at 8:31pm 0 Comments

 Many people agree that 1984 is a book everyone should read. Especially so now that Democrats talk about Communism in favorable ways, and so do some students.

The problem is that 1984 is a very traumatic book for many people. I used to think it would be too much for teenagers. But now that kids know so little, I changed my mind. The other problem is that many teenagers cannot read an…

Continue

Help stamp out Constructivism

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 5:27pm 0 Comments

After sight-word phoniness, Constructivism is the biggest fraud in American K-12.

Constructivism dominates and perverts education from K to 12.

Now the fun part. Try to find anyone in K-12 who can explain the problem. The Education Establishment is good at murkiness and mystery. Teachers are made to use methods they cannot…

Continue

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