Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog – November 2013 Archive (7)

Pssst? Want to know what really happened to our public schools?

I wish everybody in education could read this piece: "Education's Intellectual Machinery Is Broken."

The thesis is that most of what we see discussed in the media is secondary. 

So what is primary? Public schools are handicapped by inferior…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 23, 2013 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Ken Robinson, meet Rube Goldberg

I just wrote an article (I'm shamelessly proud of it) which points out that our public schools have a lot in common with Rube Goldberg contraptions. Bizarrely complicated and they don't achieve much. Seriously, this is funny.

http://www.examiner.com/article/rube-goldberg-contraption-our-public-schools

Wait, there's more:

As I was…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 15, 2013 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Sages on Stages-- just what every student needs

There is hardly a bigger issue in education: should teachers actually teach, or should they stand around pretending to be furniture?

Modern progressive education constantly praises Constructivism, Discovery, student-centered learning, et al. Conversely, progressive education is absolutely indignant about the thought of a teacher directly telling a student anything.

But ask yourself these questions and answer in a personal…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 13, 2013 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Reform Math is Bad Math

 New Math and Reform Math have many things in common. They seem to have been designed by smart, very cynical people who did not actually want children to advance in mathematics.

So lots of complexity was created. Lots of distractions were created. Lots of tiresome difficult algorithms were created. Teachers are not supposed to teach. Children are supposed to sit around a table in little groups and figure out mathematics for themselves. When they have questions, they…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 11, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Education ideas should be tested on large numbers of students

What could be more obvious? New textbooks, new curricular, new reforms, whatever, can easily be tested and should be tested.

The bizarre thing is that there is so little large-scale testing in American education. Speaking as the house cynic, I would say that's because the Education Establishment knows their ideas are  Inferior and will perform poorly in serious testing.…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 7, 2013 at 4:27pm — No Comments

One world government -- a good topic for history classes

Decade after decade, there has been a world of propaganda favoring one world government.

Perhaps you would like your students to have the other side of the argument. 

My basic suspicion for years is that if you gave the UN the power to run the world, then the people in charge of the UN would have all the power, and naturally all the psychopaths on the planet would try to figure out how to take control from those few people. In short, the…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 4, 2013 at 5:14pm — No Comments

How to save sick schools

Okay, you'll say I'm cynical. No question. I've been writing about education for 25 years and there is one thing I can  promise, there are many reasons for cynicism.

But follow this blueprint and you'll find that fixing schools is a much simpler proposition than people think.

The tricky part is confronting the possibility that most of our problems are man-made. Made, that is, by John Dewey and his progressive thinkers. As part of their social engineering, they…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on November 1, 2013 at 2:40pm — No Comments

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