Bruce Deitrick Price
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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How We Fix K-12 -- The Short Version

Short article explains the magic formula for school reform:The public must be 1) better informed and 2) more demanding.The educrats use the opposite technique constantly--keeping everyone ignorant and passive. As long as our educrats can get away with this, the rest of us will be victims. Children especially will be victims. Fixing K-12: How We Can Do It…See More
Aug 19
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Good news: digital tools will save education, after all.

Bruce Deitrick PriceThe big debate for many years is whether computers can save K-12. Most of the ideas floated in the past 10 years were not very helpful.Then I became aware that visionary artists are creating videos that are a magnitude more effective than what we had seen. A picture is worth 1000 words. A good video must be worth 10,000 words. Lectures and textbooks can hardly competeThe mistake was to think that traditional publishers or the Education Establishment would be innovative. I…See More
Aug 3
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K-12: Getting Rid of the Good Stuff

A lot of things once thought crucial in K-12 classrooms are nowadays kicked out on the street.The very essence of education, and you change this at your peril, is learning that certain people did certain things at certain times for certain reasons. Now, our Education Establishment can play games all day but as you get rid of various elements in that equation, you have lost History, for one example.If you never teach children the name of a single country, you have stolen geography from them. You…See More
Jul 16
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FAKE PEDAGOGY: PUBLIC SCHOOLS CREATE LOW IQ STUDENTS BY DESIGN

A thesis for years is that our public schools use inferior methods. These methods are subtle and complicated, so that the ordinary person does not see the deception. Teachers may not see the deception.One of the fun parts of studying education is you get to look at these anomalies and decide hey, this is a clunker. It should be eliminated. It's tedious to explain the stuff in great detail. So here is an article that picks the worst three and discusses each for a minute.The article also…See More
Jul 9
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Teach a kid to read this summer. It's easy.

What a sad and shocking story this has been. For 85 years our Education Establishment has kept the public schools of America tied up in knots. Reading was not taught properly. We ended up with 50,000,000 functional illiterates. And all of this was accomplished by a tsunami of lies and disinformation. Anybody who participated in this fraud should feel guilty for the next 10 years. Or better yet teach some kids to read. All the phonics experts say it's easy.Get up to speed quickly with this…See More
Jun 25
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Jun 24
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Why are our public schools so inefficient and dysfunctional???

A quick way to understand why K-12 schools are such a mess.Consider where we were in 1853. "Per Siljestromm, a Swedish visitor, wrote, 'In no country in the world is the taste for reading so diffuse as among the common people in America.'"And we have gone from there to 50 million functional illiterates."K-12:  Red Ed"https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/06/k12_red_ed.htmlOnly a really trusting person could…See More
Jun 21
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Education Establishment viewed as Parasites

In West Virginia, in August, we would see these fairly large caterpillars on the trees, half-covered by little white things. We thought the white things were eggs, put there by a wasp. Turns out that the eggs are injected earlier, and the white things are larvae emerging.In any case, the baby wasps feed on the catapillar and finally kill it. The most grisly part of the story is that the wasp injects toxins so that the caterpillar cooperates in its destruction.Charles Darwin thought this was a…See More
May 22
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Simple Instruction vs. Difficult Instruction

Which is better? Simple.Which does our Education Establishment prefer? Diffcult.And there you have it, a complete explanation of why American public schools are in decline.------------------------This is the great divide, between success and failure, between apparently smart and apparently dumb.If our Education establishment wanted more academic success, they would first make sure that the students understand what's going on. Why don't they do this?"Simplicity: how you know education is done…See More
May 15

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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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Best Short Explanation of American Educational Failure

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:37pm 0 Comments

Bottom line, for the last hundred years, American history has been moving on two levels.

The one we can see where despite…

Continue

News from the Reading War: Phonics Wins!!!

Posted on October 26, 2019 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

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…

Continue

Fake News, Fake Education...blurring together

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 8:19pm 0 Comments

"I dare not tell a lie..."

--attributed to George Washington

It'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…

Continue

Schools Aiming Low & Slow

Posted on October 2, 2019 at 9:48pm 0 Comments

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.…

Continue

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