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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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K-12 is too often a Museum of the Bizarre and Absurd

The Star-Nosed Mole is my poster boy for K-12. (See article.) There are too many dysfunctional and dishonest methods in our public schools. The people who design these things – this is my  conclusion--do not intend them to work in the claimed manner. Rather, they are intended to create mediocrity and muddled thinking. What else can you decide when you look at Common Core Math?. What else can you think when you consider that Sight-words are a terrible way to teach reading? Okay, an article like…See More
23 hours ago
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Proposed: French Class as a perfect model for schools generally

Most classes, in American K-12, are jumbles. It’s hard for anyone to tell whether something useful is going on there or not. What is being taught? Are children learning or just chattering about learning?Meanwhile, language classes are traditionally transparent. You know exactly what’s going on in the class. And this simple clarity is still a hallmark of language classes.Everything else is blurred, thanks to an Education Establishment that feels safer that way. Who can judge them if nobody can…See More
Sep 20
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

Memo to K-12 students: resistance is USEFUL

Public schools tend to make their students passive. I also note that parents, etc. are passive. The K-12 system is such a successful leviathan, it just squeezes the life out of everybody.If you’ve ever had these thoughts and would like some support, read on.---------------A new article titled “Memo to K-12 students: Resist” is getting a good response. I think people want to at least hear the other side articulated.…See More
Sep 12
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Maria Montessori vs. John Dewey (Real education vs. fake education)

This is truly the overarching fight of the last 100 years. And the easiest way to understand everything that has happened to K-12.Maria Montessori started off working with learning-disabled children. She believed in working with children as she found them and making them better. It does not matter if you like or dislike any particular feature or method that she used. She was trying to liberate the child’s full intellectual capability. That's the spirit we need in all of our schools, call it by…See More
Sep 8
Bruce Deitrick Price posted a blog post

Socialism, Venezuela, and Education

Venezuela should be one of the richest, most successful countries in the world.    K-12 in the US should be one of the richest, most successful school systems in the world....Ideology gets in the way sometimes.K-12: Parallels with Venezuela…See More
Aug 14
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Teaching Something Is Better Than Teaching Nothing

I’m going to do this very briefly but this is one of the biggest topics possible. It deserves a whole book.I submit to you that Progressive education believes in teaching attitudes, opinions, and feelings. Progressive education does not give a damn if children learn a fact or not.As you feel this opinion triumphing in one school after another, you will probably have a desolate feeling, a barren Antarctic feeling. A brain without any facts in it is a very sad and pathetic sort of hell.Geography…See More
Jul 24
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Have you considered the possibility of subversion?

I think that anyone who studies education for a while will decide that there are two possibilities, the people in charge are horribly incompetent, or the people in charge are subversives.At this time, most people understand that we have subversives in our FBI, of all places. If there, then anywhere.This new article (which I titled K-12: Inside Job but American Thinker retitled K-12: An Insidious Inside Job, which I frankly don’t think is better) looks at the possibility of traitors and betrayal…See More
Jul 18
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Lively Discussion of Problems in K-12

Oh Hale Yeah interviewed me for a YouTube video. Glitch wiped out first nine minutes. Otherwise a long and lively rampage through a lot of topics. After all this time I’m still an excitable boy. There is so much craziness in our public schools, just thinking about it makes me want to shout Oh Hell No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This video contains a lot of links to things I’ve written, etc.https://youtu.be/nvz2qNASmaU…See More
Jun 29
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Consider the Politics of Education

Traditionally, K-12 was in the hands of fairly dull, safe, ordinary people. They didn’t have any fancy theories. They wanted kids to be able to read, to add, and to divide. They wanted kids to know the capital of France. Nothing grandiose. Just the basics. (And I would argue, that’s precisely what we really need today.)John Dewey and his gang, starting more than 100 years ago, did have grandiose theories. They wanted a new society. They wanted new kinds of schools so they can make new kinds of…See More
Jun 18
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UPDATE: the Conspiracy against Reading

The linked article shows that literacy in 1910 was almost 99%.Isn't that shocking? Didn’t you assume it was much worse? Our Education Establishment tells us every day how difficult reading is and how children can’t learn without another billion added to the budget.————————————————Most people have a shadowy sense of how good or bad things were in 1950 or 1900. It’s almost as if someone went around destroying evidence.A guy on the Internet complained that he couldn’t find literacy records circa…See More
Jun 8
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"My kid can't read. What should I do?"

Excerpt: It's a common problem in the US. Children in the second and third grades, even the fourth and fifth grades, are struggling readers. They guess; they skip ahead; they search for clues from context; they look at pictures to read words. Did I mention they guess? Typically, these children are unsuccessful in most school subjects and very unhappy.The school may think this slow progress is fine. But perhaps you as a parent know younger children who've already learned to read. You worry that…See More
May 26
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Aldous Huxley's Brave New World explains how our Education Establishment creates illiteracy

An interesting new look at Aldous Huxley’s most famous book. All those famous scenes of embryos in glass jars were not about the industrial technology but about a very simple gimmick unseen at the center of the process. Something is not there. Something the organism desperately needs. And this deprivation is the gimmick that is replicated billions of times in our elementary schools, where children are not given the information they need to be readers.Illiterate New World:…See More
May 19
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Are you concerned about the education of poor and minority students?

My starting point was that the US could not create 50 million functional illiterates if the people at the top cared. It’s shocking to me that this decline has gone on for so many decades. Flesch spelled out the whole thing in 1955 but somehow our Education Establishment went on with their social engineering schemes.So for the last few months I’ve been wondering: how do we wake up the rich, the successful, the leaders, the movers and shakers in all areas. I’d like all of them to feel a bit more…See More
May 16
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Public Schools: there are three big problems we must correct

K-12 is a jumble and a jungle. Picking out the three biggest problems is probably impossible. There are so many.But simplicity is a good place to start. To start the project rolling, here are my three nominees:First, the schools are getting dumber by the month and this is something we can start reversing by the simple trick of teaching facts and knowledge. Who would've guessed it?Second, the dumbing down of America takes place in a passive, subdued, browbeaten population with weak leaders.…See More
May 8

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Author of eight books, poet, artist, education reformer. Founded Improve-Education.org in 2005. Have 400 education articles and videos on internet. (YouTube Videos just passed 2.5 million views.)

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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K-12 is too often a Museum of the Bizarre and Absurd

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

The Star-Nosed Mole is my poster boy for K-12. (See article.)

 There are too many dysfunctional and dishonest methods in our public schools. The people who design these things – this is my  conclusion--do not intend them to work in the claimed manner. Rather, they are intended to create mediocrity and muddled thinking. What else can you decide when you look at Common Core Math?. What else can you think when you consider that Sight-words are a terrible…

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Proposed: French Class as a perfect model for schools generally

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Most classes, in American K-12, are jumbles. It’s hard for anyone to tell whether something useful is going on there or not. What is being taught? Are children learning or just chattering about learning?

Meanwhile, language classes are traditionally transparent. You know exactly what’s going on in the class. And this simple clarity is still a hallmark of language classes.…

Continue

Memo to K-12 students: resistance is USEFUL

Posted on September 12, 2018 at 8:56pm 0 Comments

Public schools tend to make their students passive. I also note that parents, etc. are passive. The K-12 system is such a successful leviathan, it just squeezes the life out of everybody.



If you’ve ever had these thoughts and would like some support, read on.

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A new article titled “Memo to K-12…

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Maria Montessori vs. John Dewey (Real education vs. fake education)

Posted on September 8, 2018 at 6:41pm 0 Comments

This is truly the overarching fight of the last 100 years. And the easiest way to understand everything that has happened to K-12.

Maria Montessori started off working with learning-disabled children. She believed in working with children as she found them and making them better. It does not matter if you like or dislike any particular feature or method that she used. She was trying to liberate the child’s…

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