Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog (217)

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

Is there anything good about Common Core?

Yes, it's funny, you know, like when a man flips on a banana peel and breaks his leg.

Apparently, the people who foisted this thing on us think it's all very serious. They see themselves somewhat in the religion business. Their job is to write new liturgies. Now that's funny.

Here's something you may not know. A lot of people on the Internet compare…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 6, 2019 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Is There Too Much Deception In K-12 ???

Siegfried Englemann just died. For me he was a great man because he tried to tell the truth. My impression of the Education Establishment is that it rarely tries to tell the truth. 

Trying to dramatize this perspective, I thought of the fascinating story related in the Spielberg movie 1941. To hide the aircraft factories in California, set designers and…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on February 19, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How teachers talk about Sight-Words

We have 50 million functional illiterates. Two questions emerge. What technique was used to accomplish this destruction? And how was the Education Establishment able to conceal the whole operation?

Sight-words were used to undermine literacy.

As for concealment, the main part of the secret is dense, unfriendly jargon. People talk a lot but almost nobody knows what's going…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 21, 2019 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Can anyone think critically about critical thinking?

To start with, the phrase "critical thinking" is unnecessary. Thinking is quite sufficient. Can anybody's students do that anymore?

Well, color me cynical. But I think the public schools started yammering about Critical Thinking exactly at the time they decided not to bother with it anymore.

If you teach arithmetic with Common Core, you're going to get…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 15, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Ignorance makes the world safe for totalitarianism

The public schools seem determined to become ever more dumbed-down. Where does this go?

As I collect examples of how ignorant our high school and college students have become, I can't help thinking: this story cannot have a happy ending.

If young people know nothing about the country's past, why would they be…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 3, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Easiest way to understand the Reading Wars -- meet Sue Dickson

Sue Dickson was first an elementary-school teacher and then a reading advocate. Her long career connects all the dots in this countriy's biggest educational mystery: why so much illiteracy and dyslexia?

Reading time: less than five minutes. Then you'll know!

"K-12: meet Sue Dickson, a hero of…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on December 5, 2018 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Improving K-12 should be everyone's main goal.

My book explains our decline and what needs to be done now.

This book is a good inexpensive gift for every educated American. (Take care of your whole list quickly.)

See Five Reasons Why "Saving K 12" is the Perfect Gift for Everyone, a short piece on LinkedIn.

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 26, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Six Easy Steps to Education Reform

Call me cynical but I am sure our Education Establishment expends tremendous thought and money on making education seem complex (i.e., something that ordinarily people can never understand).

And if that's the case, reform of this monster is out of the question. Give up, that's the message.

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Ignore all this propaganda. The stuff they teach in…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 19, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

N. Y. Times Endorses Phonics...Must Read!!!

Surprising news. Times ran big research article titled: "Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?"

Stop messing around....phonics is the only game in town....that's what the Times said.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 5, 2018 at 4:48pm — No Comments

An Educator Admits Her Mistakes -- Expose

Three-minute animation tells you everything you need to know

about why our public schools are mediocre.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Chjlzn8ByQ&t=17s…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 27, 2018 at 4:15pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 16, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 20, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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.

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A new article titled “Memo to K-12…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 12, 2018 at 8:56pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 8, 2018 at 6:41pm — No Comments

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