Bruce Deitrick Price's Blog (250)

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,…


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…


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…


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

Announcing a New Way to Teach Reading--BOUNCING BALL VIDEOS


The new site -- -- has five videos to show the concept in action.  There is Mother Goose, Edgar Allan Poe, Dr. Seuss, and the Wizard of Oz. A total of about 25 minutes. Easy to check out and to reflect on the possibilities.

The bouncing ball forces children to read in the proper direction, and to take notice of syllables. (This…


Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 22, 2013 at 4:53pm — No Comments

"Theories and Methods" are the BIG problem in education

From an interview on, One answer in particular is crucial, I think, for figuring out where we go next:


Michael F. Shaughnessy: Now, details----there are a lot of different theories about what is wrong with education. Your take ?

Bruce Price: I believe that most of the administrative, financial and cultural issues usually discussed are…


Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 6, 2013 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Reading: the biggest scam continues

Reading instruction remains the biggest problem in American education.

All the Establishment voices continue to talk about college and career ready, new core standards that will align with world standards, 21st-century skills--in other words, an endless parade of glib promises.

Meanwhile, many kids in the first grade are not learning to read. This makes the whole thing a sick joke.

Keep in mind that from 1930 to 2000, roughly speaking,…


Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on June 14, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Liberal education policies go too far, cause backlash

Recent news out of North Carolina states: “Senate wants cursive, times tables taught.”

Imagine, government at the state level has to pass a law requiring that schools make sure children know the most basic things--multiplication tables and how to write their names.

The new initiatives were passed by “a wide margin.”

This news shows how foolish our Education Establishment can be: they let the school situation deteriorate to the point that…


Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 6, 2013 at 4:04pm — No Comments

FREE THE SCHOOLS (a simple four-step plan)

What I've figured out so far. The 1-minute version:


Free The Schools

 Our Education Establishment has an 80-year record

of praising and protecting bad pedagogies.…


Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 25, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Sight-Words are a Nightmare for Children and Society

One of the most remarkable historical facts of the last 80 years is the persistence of a sinister and unsuccessful pedagogy known as Look-Say, Whole Word, Sight-Words, Whole Language, Balanced Literacy, High-Frequency Words, and a number of other confusing terms.

Whatever these things are called, they must be banished,…


Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 14, 2013 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Parents Have A Right To Know More

I write about education six days a week. My main motivation is that I’m sure the public schools can be much better at less cost.

Another big motivation is that I’m continually disappointed by the powers that be -- big media, the business community, the military. All of them complain about education but none of them actually gets involved. They don’t push the Education Establishment to do a better job. Our movers and shakers, alas, do not move and shake all that…


Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 6, 2013 at 6:11pm — No Comments

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