Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog – October 2015 Archive (4)

Whole Language viewed as a Snipe Hunt

I've got many hundreds of articles on the Internet about education. So I'm embarrassed to admit that just today I stumbled on one of the most obvious metaphors for much of what goes on in our public schools. Embarrassed but still overjoyed. This metaphor is just too wonderful.

 Here is how Wikipedia defines a snipe hunt: "A snipe hunt or fool's errand is a type of practical…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 26, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Steve Jobs on education

.This article started from a quote by Steve Jobs in 1980, to the effect that we weren't doing a very good job in the public schools but it would be quite easy to give every kid a good education.

 Steve Jobs is  a smart practical guy. I think his opinion should be presumed true.

 The problem comes with explaining our Education Establishment. They think that education is difficult, impossible,  unlikely, needs another trillion dollars, etc. The truth is, they're…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 19, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Dumbing down K-12 schools the fast way

There's been a steady criticism of the lecture and direct instruction for several decades. Simultaneously, we've heard constant praise of Constructivism and new approaches.

Well, you know, we all want to save the world, as the Beatles said. But some of this constructivist stuff is just nonsense. This doctrine ends up prohibiting teaching. Kids are expected to go on the Internet and figure out everything for themselves.

 This is horribly…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 13, 2015 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Kids can't read because teachers don't know how to teach it properly. A national scandal!

Everything you ever wanted to know about reading as revealed by a letter from a teacher.

Long story short: this woman had no idea how to teach reading but she was teaching it every day of her career. Finally, after many years, she realized she had  done everything wrong. Isn't that pathetic? But it's not her fault. It's the fault of the ed schools. Shutting them down would probably increase the national IQ by 50%.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on October 5, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

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