Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog – May 2014 Archive (5)

The War Against Black Boys

The traditional belief of phonics experts is that you can teach virtually every child to read in the first or second grade. See video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JV0tPGn-Ws ;

If you don’t use the right methods, the kids will be dysfunctional in various ways (but it doesn’t mean there’s anything actually wrong with those kids). 

The underlying problem, according to many investigators,…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 29, 2014 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Rush Limbaugh wins award for best children's book. So what is the real story?

According to the media, the real story is that Rush is an idiot, no child would want to read anything by him, and the only reason he won the award is because Rush bought all the books himself.

 Some of the outrage is palpable. The mainstream media pay so little attention to anything except itself, a lot of these people didn't…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 20, 2014 at 3:41pm — No Comments

What's all this talk about New and Higher Standards?

For aficionados of sophistry and propaganda, Common Core presents a drunken orgy of fun.

 One of the most interesting specimens of strange language is the word Standard. Can anybody say what it means exactly?

Is it a goal? Is it a rule? Is it a law? Is it a means to get somewhere? Is it a norm?  And if nobody knows what it means, how can people have intelligent conversations about it?

 Note in particular, there is a very…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 17, 2014 at 5:03pm — No Comments

40 Important Books About Education (a list on Amazon)

These are all the most important books published over the last 25+ years, the kind of books they should study in schools of education, but many people become teachers without even knowing who Rudolf Flesch is. Etc.

I did this list three years ago and stopped at 40 because it's a nice round number. For years I intended to add my new  reviews to this list. Today I did that!... Only to be informed by Amazon that 40 is the limit. Bummer. (So I added a few and…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 8, 2014 at 7:23pm — No Comments

For those who still care about facts and knowledge...

You know who you are. You think the most wonderful thing in the world is when kids learn lots and lots of stuff.

But you also know that the whole trend of K-12 education is toward kids learning attitudes, competencies, rhetorical skills, and all kinds of things that are not at all the same as learning what happened in 1492. You think this is sad.

An education without facts is, for many of us, a fraud.

And the irony is that with all the new…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 3, 2014 at 10:05pm — No Comments

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