Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog – January 2014 Archive (6)

Spiritual people should oppose Education Establishment

I just put an important article (at least I think it is) on American Thinker. The title is “Public Schools versus Christianity.”

In the first day the article got 125 comments, which is a good thing. The bad thing is that a lot of these comments are concerned with supporting or attacking Christianity.

I want to make a confession. My concern is not primarily with religion. I did not write the article to support…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 27, 2014 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Krokodil, and damages seen and unseen

When I first heard about krokodil, and the horrific damage it does to addicts, I started thinking about the damage done to children by dysfunctional teaching methods.

You might think, isn’t that a stretch? The physical damage done by krokodil is so obvious and horrific, you might want to think it’s in a category by itself. Can this obvious physical damage be compared to the hidden cognitive damage done by…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 25, 2014 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Education Establishment and Imperialism

Wouldn't you confidently predict that our Education Establishment is full of people who spend a lot of time complaining about imperialism. They do this because they are smugly confident that it's Other People who commit this crime, and especially the United States.

But what after all is imperialism but trying to tell everybody else what to do. Not just tell them but make them.

And who does all that more than our own Education…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 17, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Do our education commissars have their act together? Do they mean well???

I heard the comment many times, as an all-purpose excuse: "They mean well. They just can't get their act together."'

I puzzled over this. I pondered and I pondered. More and more it seemed to me that they don't mean well at all.

And our big national problem is that they do have their act together.

Just take any one item: 50 million functional illiterates and millions of children who never learn to read…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 11, 2014 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Fighting Back With Facts

Yes, we can reverse the dark tide in American education. Easily. Teach facts.

First, fully confront the nihilism you are up against. Some people want to pull the plug so that everything substantial drains out of the classroom. All facts, all knowledge, gone. The children will spend their time discussing problems in society, preparing portfolios, working on projects. Nothing these children say or think will mean very much because they won’t know any…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 6, 2014 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Excuses as an Art Form

Sure, you'll call me cynical. But the evidence is very clear-cut. Our Education Establishment is not good at very much except excuses.

A good excuse is an example of sophistry. I'm a big admirer of sophistry. Remember the brothers who killed their parents, and then petitioned the court for clemency. On what grounds? Because they were orphans! It doesn't get much better than that. And that's the world our Education Establishment lives in.

No matter how…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 3, 2014 at 5:53pm — No Comments

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