Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog (231)

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.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 2, 2019 at 9:48pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 30, 2019 at 10:09pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 14, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 3, 2019 at 7:58pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 19, 2019 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Good news: digital tools will save education, after all.

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The 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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 3, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 16, 2019 at 10:47pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 9, 2019 at 4:18pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on June 25, 2019 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on June 21, 2019 at 3:33pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 22, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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.

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This is…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 15, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Internet informs. The media and the schools do not. Who wins this battle?

WIRED had a huge article about the digital visionaries who think that true democracy will emerge on the Internet.

Oh really? Even as our school system and our mainstream media have stopped doing their jobs?

If people know almost nothing about the world, how can they have an intelligent conversation about the day's trivia?…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 1, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Bill Gates and Common Core -- WHAT HAPPENED?

Progressive education continues to metastasize in weird and dangerous ways. Even Bill Gates is not safe.

The problem from the beginning (I.e. John Dewey) is that our Education Establishment was generally anti-academic, anti-American, and anti-achievement. To reach their goals, our professors of education would pretend to believe even the nuttiest theories and methods. Most recently, that meant embracing Common Core,…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on April 24, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Socialism versus Education: Education Doesn't Stand a Chance

Never mind the sweet promises.

Socialism is primarily concerned with power to arrange and rearrange a society. Everything else is secondary.

In the USA, Socialists want to use public schools as a road to power. This was John Dewey's master plan. Take over the ed schools, indoctrinate the teachers, and send them out to indoctrinate the young. A very simple and powerful plan, as we have seen for the last hundred years. But to make it work, the Education…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on April 17, 2019 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Public School Chaos -- Inevitable? Or indulged?

"PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM CREATES MILLIONS OF LITTLE MONSTERS"

Who is helped by a permissive school environment? Certainly not the teachers. They are frazzled and on the way to being burned out.

What about the students themselves? Is there Progressive theory which argues that children should be…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on April 2, 2019 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Why is education reform so difficult???

Probably nothing else in American society is so difficult to change. Why is that?

BRIEF MEMO

about the two big obstacles

blocking education…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 26, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Meet Albert Lynd--one of education's great heroes

Lynd wrote a wonderfully insolent book in 1950 titled "Quackery in the public schools."

That's about 70 years ago. He nailed everything ahead of his time and it's still hot news.

The book is too expensive now, but here's my review: …

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 19, 2019 at 10:43pm — No Comments

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