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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…


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

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

Bruce Deitrick Price

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…


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…


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


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.


This is…


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?…


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,…


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…


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

Public School Chaos -- Inevitable? Or indulged?


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…


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?


about the two big obstacles

blocking education…


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: …


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

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