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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,…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 26, 2013 at 4:28pm — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on August 12, 2013 at 3:41pm — No Comments
The new site -- Bouncingball.weebly.com -- 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…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 22, 2013 at 4:53pm — No Comments
From an interview on EducationViews.org, 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…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 6, 2013 at 2:58pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on June 14, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on May 6, 2013 at 4:04pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 25, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 14, 2013 at 8:06pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 6, 2013 at 6:11pm — No Comments