Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog – September 2013 Archive (6)

The Golden Age of Educating Everyone.

All the new digital and Internet tools should make this the Golden Age of Educating Everyone.

That's what it should be and what I want it to be. I'm a democrat with a small d and really do believe in universal education. How about you? If only our Education Establishment did.

The slower the kid is, the more I want to say: yeah but if you did it right, you can reach that kid.

And now, like never before in history, it's easy to do…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 27, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments

English Hieroglyphics: An easy way to understand the Reading Wars

In his famous 1955 book “Why Johnny Can’t read,” Flesch said that reading English as sight-words or whole words is like reading Chinese ideograms or Sumerian hieroglyphics.

Flesch famously wrote, “We have thrown 3500 years of civilization out the window and gone back to the age of Hammurabi.”

Flesch seemed to feel he was saying something profound and final. Once you heard this, you would immediately understand that look-say was the invention…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 23, 2013 at 8:37pm — No Comments

The Reading Wars: Many lies were told; are you ready for the truth?

A lot of people think the Reading Wars are a case of he said, she said.

One expert says X, another expert says Y, and a third expert says Z. These different approaches are tossed back and forth, and the casual observer is persuaded there must be no important difference, otherwise the experts would  pick a winner.

Result: the public is always confused and parents are at the mercy of school…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 14, 2013 at 5:59pm — No Comments

College professors must help rescue secondary education ASAP

"College professor should be more involved in K-12 education" is the actual title of what I think is a very important article.

The basic idea is that college and university people tend to think they can stay up In the clouds. Meanwhile K-12 is stuck in mediocrity. Children are coming up to the college level who don't have basic skills. These poorly prepared children will…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 10, 2013 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Classical Education is worth checking out

 I've written several articles about classical education, and finally came up with this sweeping epiphany: if you tossed out what is typically done in public schools and dropped in a classical education curriculum, two things would happen: schools would get much better and the costs would go down.

 I just interviewed Laurie Thomas, author of a new book called "Not Trivial--how studying the traditional liberal arts can set you free."

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 9, 2013 at 6:48pm — No Comments

The case against Common Core

The short version is this: Common Core is a federal takeover of American education, probably not a good thing in itself. However, if the Education Establishment had been doing a good job for the last 50 years, we might feel confident they would improve matters. But why would the same people, given much more power, suddenly start doing a good job???

I think they'll continue doing the same bad job or even worse. But the amount of jargon, hype and malarkey will…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 6, 2013 at 1:54pm — No Comments

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