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Why was Ken Robinson such a phenom?

Our education establishment is constantly telling us that some new gimmick is a new plateau, a new level for education.

Robinson died recently and there were a lot of articles about him, many of them negative. I was surprised as the press on him was enthusiastic for many years.

So here's a short introduction to why I was always suspicious of him, and why…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 7, 2021 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Socialism versus Education. Guess who loses.

Starting with John Dewey, our Education Establishment tended to think of education as primarily social engineering.

In other words, their goal was dumbing down but for all the right reasons. Even if you agree with a socialist agenda, is it good to do all this in secrecy?

We need a lot more open discussion of what's going on in our schools. There is…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 1, 2021 at 8:58pm — No Comments

How do we save K-12?

There are always the same two steps, first one and then the other. Identify the illness. Cure the illness.

There are so many symptoms of pathology. It's no good to pretend otherwise. Illness can't be cured until everyone understands that there is an illness.

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 25, 2021 at 5:25pm — No Comments

How to tell at a glance if a school is successful....

If students are upbeat, smiling, optimistic, then the school is probably doing a good job. 

But if the students are frowning, depressed, obviously not in a good mood, you know the school is failing.

The proof is in the PLODDING. If they're trudging around like convicts In a prison yard, you know the kids are having no…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 11, 2021 at 4:02pm — No Comments

The cause of the crisis in education -- personalities and philosophies

A century ago, the field of education was roiled by constant philosophizing and posturing. These early thinkers believed they were creating a Great New World. They were not shy about explaining their plans and motivations.

All of this is captured in 10 quotes from John Dewey, Harold Rugg, George Counts, and the rest.

Podcast, 18 minutes,…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 21, 2021 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How to be an education reformer

Everything you need to know about why our public schools are mediocre, in less than 20 minutes.

My goal is to turn everyone into an education reformer. You will have a lot of fun. Dysfunctional education is an affront to logic, common sense, truth, civilization, and even the smallest concern with decency or seriousness.

So why does…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 12, 2021 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Public Education Needs Your Involvement ASAP

Here are the two big changes of the last ten years:

First, public schools have continued a steady downward trend. Everything gets worse, nothing gets better. Does anyone suppose this is by accident? No, I think it's clear that the far-left has been operating strongly and successfully for the past century within the educational sector. John Dewey is a permanent resident in our public…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on June 26, 2021 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Cheating must be eliminated

I think I wrote a long article about this topic six years ago.... But it keeps nagging at me. I suspect now it's worse than I thought it was.

Did you realize that people at the graduate levels are buying their papers on the Internet. That should not be remotely possible if the teachers are paying any attention.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 2, 2021 at 8:51pm — No Comments

American history doesn't make any sense unless you factor in the Comintern.

 

That would be the Communist avant-garde, arriving here in strength in 1921. 

This article is a quick history lesson about the fanatics that beset…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on April 18, 2021 at 8:19pm — No Comments

K–12: Why John Saxon Is the Brightest Star in Math Education

American public schools are full of pedagogical nonsense: New Math, Reform Math, Common Core Math. 

If you want the real stuff, look at the textbooks created by John Saxon, writer and publisher. (After 27 years in the military as a jet pilot.)

If you are dismayed by what you find in the public schools, read this short piece about John Saxon's life and…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on April 7, 2021 at 10:51pm — No Comments

The problem with Socialism is that it's very difficult to back up...

Everything might get worse. There may be no escape.

Lenin candidly explained: "The goal of Socialism is Communism.” That's where sociopaths like Stalin are dictators for life.

At present, our school system seems to want to be a gateway program for Socialism. Well, maybe everybody should think carefully about what can go wrong.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on February 7, 2021 at 7:22pm — No Comments

8-point checklist for reforming public schools

Here is the essence of what we need to do, in one short article. Please share it with teachers you know.

There are so many ideas flying around, it's easy for people to get lost in verbiage and rhetoric. I wanted to boil everything down to EIGHT essential steps that we can start working on today....

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 2, 2021 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Sight-words Harm Children

There are important conventions and traditions in academic writing. We are supposed to be polite.

The problem comes when somebody is recommending something evil or foolish. Sight-words are both. Politeness is no longer a logical option. Let's focus on telling the truth.

We are in the very ridiculous position of discussing sight-words as if they are…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on December 22, 2020 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Public Schools Are Killing Character

--"Once upon a time, schools tried to improve the character of their students. Be neat. Be punctual. Be accurate. Do your homework. Don’t copy anyone else’s work. Dot your is and cross your ts. Remember, practice makes perfect.

"In a similar way, the Boy Scouts urged boys to be little gentlemen. Scout Law dictates: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful,…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 8, 2020 at 12:05am — No Comments

Tips for Parents with Children in K-12

My goal is to help more people understand the reality of our public schools, which are dumb by design. This takes a lot of cleverness. The professors have to design bogus methods that don't teach the subjects they are claimed to teach. Then they have to surround the bogus methods with an impenetrable fog, so that nobody catches on to the damages caused.

These ideas are more fully explained in a new press release:…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 6, 2020 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Why do top educators oppose cursive?

Ten years ago, a phonics guru told me that a reading program without cursive is inferior.

He said that mastering cursive accelerates the learning of the letters, which is the critical first step for phonics.

Since that time I've become fascinated by the education establishment's weird hostility to cursive. After all, what is cursive getting in the way of? Not much is being taught in our schools.

I believe that cursive is much more valuable…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 22, 2020 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Teachers feeling guilty.... It's a start.

There is a lot of craziness in the public schools. For example, bogus theories and defective methods.

One question always simmering under the surface is: do teachers realize what they are doing to the children? 

In an article on reading, I encountered a startling quote by a teacher who does feel guilty. Unpleasant but perhaps it's helpful.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 15, 2020 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Propaganda and Agitprop -- it's what the Left is really good at. Here is a short history.

From the beginning of the Russian Revolution, the Communist Party devoted vast resources and brainpower to creating the best possible advertising, public relations, marketing, propaganda, and outright lies.

The Russian Revolution was hanging in the balance for years. Probably their superior marketing kept them going. Lenin, the great orator, believed in aggressive…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on June 6, 2020 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Phonics Starter Kit. Fast, fun, free. Start kids off right. Save your public schools.

The weirdest event in American history Is the elimination of phonics and the introduction of an unworkable method known as Whole Word.

This happened in 1931. Flesch explained the whole fraud in 1955. But here we are sixty years later still wallowing in this swamp.

Illiteracy Is the biggest problem in our schools. It's also the easiest to fix. Eliminate sight-words. Restore…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 19, 2020 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Lies told every day in public schools

My new American Thinker article is a quick recap of Rudolf Flesch's famous "The Big Alibis." Forty years old but still the latest news!

Many comments from parents give stark view of K-12 today. 

K-12: Ten Lies Teachers Tell You…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 5, 2020 at 8:11pm — No Comments

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