Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog (206)

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

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 14, 2018 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Powerful Pedagogy: How To Teach Anything More Efficiently

Whatever makes students exclaim “Wow!” is probably a smart way to proceed.

Too much teaching is dry, dull, plodding… In short, nobody ever says “Wow!”

In every subject, for whatever age of students, there are always certain points that are the most exciting, the most dramatic, the most memorable, the most likely to make people sit up and…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 6, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 24, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 18, 2018 at 7:45pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on June 29, 2018 at 1:47pm — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on June 18, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on June 8, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

"My kid can't read. What should I do?"

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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.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 26, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 19, 2018 at 4:55pm — No Comments

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,…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 16, 2018 at 4:45pm — No Comments

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…

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

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