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Well, for people who are in charge of our public schools and think they're doing a GREAT job, I would agree that this article is totally irrelevant.
I write articles for people who know that things are not ideal or even close to ideal. But they don't know quite why. And they need ways to explain it to parents, teachers, administrators, and the community.
This is a fairly lively little article called "Three R's good. Two I's better." The thesis is that the basics are deliberately neglected; meanwhile, virtually everything going on in elementary and middle school tends to favor ignorance and illiteracy. Go figure. ( http://veracityvoice.com/?p=18631 )
I don't think the average person can grasp the level of mischief in our public schools. By that I mean ideologically-driven neglect of the practices that would give us good schools. I don't blame anything on teachers as I tend to think of them as victims, along with students and parents. I blame everything on the education professors at the top. They seem to accept John Dewey's picture of a new world where children play cooperatively together.
The trouble is, once you start trying to create that world, you end up crippling all the things that traditionally went on in schools. And you start crippling individual children one by one. I don't think we should put up with this.
That's where we are now. The question is, can we back up, turn around, and go in a better direction? We could have much better results at much less cost, once the people at the top decide that they are serious about education.
Bruce Deitrick Price