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

Reading theories: it's so easy to test what works

 Someone just left this comment on  Facebook: "As far as I know, everywhere is sending sight words home to study, while the kids are tested on how fast they can identify them at school. Seems they're here to stay. Unfortunate indeed."

The whole point of the Reading Wars was that sight-words do not work as well as straight phonics. But look how the Education Establishment has maneuvered to keep sight-words in play. They really do LOVE…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 27, 2014 at 7:23pm — No Comments

The debate over black educational achievement

On another site, people were discussing correct grammar, then ebonics, and before you know it, whether black students can learn as well as white students. I assume everybody has heard this debate many times. I suspect that the debate itself is propaganda. There are buried sophistries and hidden agenda. People are missing a very important point. Here it is:

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I want to discuss a perspective that may…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 22, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Anyone interested in conspiracies????

Almost all big crimes are conspiracies. We're supposed to try to solve them, à la Sherlock Holmes. But today if you try to explain a crime, you are called a “conspiracy theorist” as if somehow this is a wrong thing to be.

I can tell you it’s gotten weird. There are definitely a…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 14, 2014 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Literacy-rich environment: what does this mean?

 When Whole Word modulated into Whole Language (both being variations on look-say as a matter of fact), there was a great rush to add bells and whistles, lipstick and accessories.

 One of these bells and whistles was called literacy-rich environment. And the theory was that if you surrounded children with thousands of books, they would learn to read more quickly.

This simply is not true. We could all sit in a library in China…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 9, 2014 at 10:59pm — No Comments

The legend of John Saxon-- bigger all the time.

 Bet you didn't know that 1 million homeschoolers use Saxon Math textbooks.

 When people can choose what they want, they choose Saxon Math. 

Eighteen years after he died, John Saxon is still a powerful force in American education. I think he will get much bigger.

The public is so disgusted with Reform Math and Common Core. They want stuff that…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 6, 2014 at 4:13pm — No Comments

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