Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog – August 2013 Archive (4)

3 R's treated with contempt. Ignorance and Illiteracy are the new bullies in town.

Well, for people who are in charge of our public schools and think they're doing a GREAT job, I would agree that this article is totally irrelevant.

I write articles for people who know that things are not ideal or even close to ideal. But they don't know quite why. And they need ways to explain it to parents, teachers, administrators, and the community.

This is a fairly lively little article called "…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 28, 2013 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Three cheers for teaching MORE to children

Do you believe in teaching more, not less?

Yes? Well, you are certainly an oddball. Our entire public school system is devoted to the idea that children should learn less each year. Less, always less.

They used to have to know the names of the state capitals. Then they had to know the names of the states. Then they had to know the name of the country. Ah, the good old days.

If you haven't been keeping a close eye on our Education Establishment,…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 26, 2013 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Ken Robinson wants you to dilute academics in favor of creativity. Don't do it.

Ken Robinson wants to create a creativity curriculum, and downgrade "academics." By academics Robinson and his supporters mean all the things that schools traditionally taught, such as reading, writing, and arithmetic.



If you care about any aspect of the traditional curriculum, you have to watch this development with concern. 



The schools are doing a dreadful job of teaching reading now. Can you imagine if they…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 20, 2013 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Breakthroughs To Literacy: What are most popular reading curricula? Or your favorite? Or most hated?

So far as I can tell, most American children are taught by programs that combine Whole Language and some phonics, all done under the banner of Balanced Literacy.

 But what are the actual names of the most dominant curricula?? I know the name "Breakthrough to Literacy"  and also "Success for All."

Please list the others you know about.

If you want to praise them or condemn them, that's…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 12, 2013 at 3:41pm — No Comments

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