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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

Why Don't the Media Talk About Education????

In the last few years, I've become more and more fascinated by the silence of the media.

The public needs to know what's going on in the classrooms. The media won't tell them.

Look in the typical newspaper.  It will tell you how to cook a fish. It will tell you where to find a tattoo artist. It will tell you which Chevrolet is a good…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on April 8, 2020 at 10:14pm — No Comments

What do teachers really think about today's students?

We hear a lot of criticism about public schools et al.

Normally, teachers feel forced to defend their institutions. They don't speak very candidly.

But Quora found a way to obtain more honest reactions. Someone asked the question: What are the most appalling things about today's students?

Lots…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 24, 2020 at 7:30pm — No Comments

What is the K-12 Conundrum? Smart, sincere people could not possibly do so much damage.

It all comes down to this simple question. If we had smart, sincere people running our public schools, could students end up so illiterate, so clueless about math, and so ignorant about general subjects???

Are you kidding? it's not remotely possible.

Well, that's my take. I think you have to work backward and decide these people are not smart and not sincere. They…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 10, 2020 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Communism kills. How to explain that to students.

 Many people agree that 1984 is a book everyone should read. Especially so now that Democrats talk about Communism in favorable ways, and so do some students.

The problem is that 1984 is a very traumatic book for many people. I used to think it would be too much for teenagers. But now that kids know so little, I changed my mind. The other problem is that many teenagers cannot read an…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on February 27, 2020 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Help stamp out Constructivism

After sight-word phoniness, Constructivism is the biggest fraud in American K-12.

Constructivism dominates and perverts education from K to 12.

Now the fun part. Try to find anyone in K-12 who can explain the problem. The Education Establishment is good at murkiness and mystery. Teachers are made to use methods they cannot…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on February 10, 2020 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Warren Buffett Thought Small

I wrote an attack on Warren Buffett's foray into the newspaper business. Nothing personal.. I just wanted to make the point that the people in charge of our newspapers don't even know how to help themselves, never mind help the public.

Warren Buffett could've used newspapers to encourage literacy, to encourage school subjects generally. The more informed readers you have, the more newspapers you can sell. I don't believe he ever thought of…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on February 7, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Bill of Rights for Students 2020 -- highly recommended

In his excellent new article, Prof. Jeffrey Ludwig explains why most educational reform is doomed. Education Can Be Saved, he states, But Not By The Left. Their ideological compulsions are killers. Please read this article. …

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 26, 2020 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Best SHORT Explanation of American Educational Failure

Churchill said Russia is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” That’s hardly more of a puzzle than American K-12, which is sophistries wrapped in lies inside a thick fog.

The problem in understanding K-12 is that you have a surface at odds with dark secrets inside. Imagine a beautiful $10 million mansion full of glamorous people leading expensive lives. Lots of good times. Life…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on December 10, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

What are social justice warriors doing for literacy?

SJW posture a lot.

But on one of the most important issues, whether children can read or not, they don't have much to say. 

Illiterate kids don't have social justice.

The US is said to have almost 50,000,000 functional illiterates. This injustice must be fixed…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 18, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 4, 2019 at 5:37pm — No Comments

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…

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

Fake News, Fake Education...blurring together

"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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 14, 2019 at 8:19pm — No Comments

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

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