Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog – May 2018 Archive (4)

"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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