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K-12 is a war against children

Started Jan 12 0 Replies

The headline is totally counterintuitive....yes, I know that.The longer I've studied education, the more I was shocked by how destructive most theories and methods are.It's a lot like going to a…Continue

Tags: common, core, illiteracy, socialism, dumbing

Cursive should be in the Core

Started Dec 27, 2016 0 Replies

 Common Core tried to drop cursive and phonics. For me these are signs that Common Core had lost its way from the beginning. I want to present a case for cursive. It has a lot of benefits that most…Continue

 

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Public Schools Are Killing Character

--"Once upon a time, schools tried to improve the character of their students. Be neat. Be punctual. Be accurate. Do your homework. Don’t copy anyone else’s work. Dot your is and cross your ts. Remember, practice makes perfect."In a similar way, the Boy Scouts urged boys to be little gentlemen. Scout Law dictates: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”."For much of American history, few questioned these…See More
Oct 8
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Tips for Parents with Children in K-12

My goal is to help more people understand the reality of our public schools, which are dumb by design. This takes a lot of cleverness. The professors have to design bogus methods that don't teach the subjects they are claimed to teach. Then they have to surround the bogus methods with an impenetrable fog, so that nobody catches on to the damages caused.These ideas are more fully explained in a new press release:"Education reformer suggests Tips for Parents"Our schools are full of bad ideas. A…See More
Oct 6
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Why do top educators oppose cursive?

Ten years ago, a phonics guru told me that a reading program without cursive is inferior.He said that mastering cursive accelerates the learning of the letters, which is the critical first step for phonics.Since that time I've become fascinated by the education establishment's weird hostility to cursive. After all, what is cursive getting in the way of? Not much is being taught in our schools.I believe that cursive is much more valuable than the education professors typically acknowledge.…See More
Sep 22
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Teachers feeling guilty.... It's a start.

There is a lot of craziness in the public schools. For example, bogus theories and defective methods.One question always simmering under the surface is: do teachers realize what they are doing to the children? In an article on reading, I encountered a startling quote by a teacher who does feel guilty. Unpleasant but perhaps it's helpful. Should she feel guilty? How do others handle this?Reading is a subject particularly full of the counter-productive and dysfunctional. Every teacher ought to…See More
Sep 15
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Propaganda and Agitprop -- it's what the Left is really good at. Here is a short history.

From the beginning of the Russian Revolution, the Communist Party devoted vast resources and brainpower to creating the best possible advertising, public relations, marketing, propaganda, and outright lies.The Russian Revolution was hanging in the balance for years. Probably their superior marketing kept them going. Lenin, the great orator, believed in aggressive persuasion.From Lenin to the unrelenting propaganda of CNN, etc., it's a straight line. Brian Stelter is Lenin.…See More
Jun 6
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Phonics Starter Kit. Fast, fun, free. Start kids off right. Save your public schools.

The weirdest event in American history Is the elimination of phonics and the introduction of an unworkable method known as Whole Word.This happened in 1931. Flesch explained the whole fraud in 1955. But here we are sixty years later still wallowing in this swamp.Illiteracy Is the biggest problem in our schools. It's also the easiest to fix. Eliminate sight-words. Restore phonics. Patient cured.Please share this Phonics Starter Kit with everyone who has questions about reading.Basically, six of…See More
May 19
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Lies told every day in public schools

My new American Thinker article is a quick recap of Rudolf Flesch's famous "The Big Alibis." Forty years old but still the latest news!Many comments from parents give stark view of K-12 today. K-12: Ten Lies Teachers Tell Youhttps://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/04/k12_ten_lies_teachers_tell_you.htmlSee More
May 5
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Why Don't the Media Talk About Education????

In the last few years, I've become more and more fascinated by the silence of the media.The public needs to know what's going on in the classrooms. The media won't tell them.Look in the typical newspaper.  It will tell you how to cook a fish. It will tell you where to find a tattoo artist. It will tell you which Chevrolet is a good one...It will tell you everything except why your kids might not know how to read, etc. Education should have a much higher priority.But the public waits in vain for…See More
Apr 8
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What do teachers really think about today's students?

We hear a lot of criticism about public schools et al.Normally, teachers feel forced to defend their institutions. They don't speak very candidly.But Quora found a way to obtain more honest reactions. Someone asked the question: What are the most appalling things about today's students?Lots of teachers gave lots of interesting answers. I think this is a helpful look at the state of education. Surely we can do better.Here is a representative sampling from the Quora quotes. A quick but revealing…See More
Mar 24
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What is the K-12 Conundrum? Smart, sincere people could not possibly do so much damage.

It all comes down to this simple question. If we had smart, sincere people running our public schools, could students end up so illiterate, so clueless about math, and so ignorant about general subjects???Are you kidding? it's not remotely possible.Well, that's my take. I think you have to work backward and decide these people are not smart and not sincere. They are desperados. Wonderfully clever banditos. They have the kind of minds that would make Bernie Madoff jealous.The article is called…See More
Mar 10
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Communism kills. How to explain that to students.

 Many people agree that 1984 is a book everyone should read. Especially so now that Democrats talk about Communism in favorable ways, and so do some students.The problem is that 1984 is a very traumatic book for many people. I used to think it would be too much for teenagers. But now that kids know so little, I changed my mind. The other problem is that many teenagers cannot read an entire book.... So my message today is, tell them to read 1984 or at least this article, "The World According to…See More
Feb 27
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Help stamp out Constructivism

After sight-word phoniness, Constructivism is the biggest fraud in American K-12.Constructivism dominates and perverts education from K to 12.Now the fun part. Try to find anyone in K-12 who can explain the problem. The Education Establishment is good at murkiness and mystery. Teachers are made to use methods they cannot justify.This piece is short and easy. I wrote it for the local paper because I want parents to understand what their kids are up against. (Apparently the media prefer that…See More
Feb 10
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Warren Buffett Thought Small

I wrote an attack on Warren Buffett's foray into the newspaper business. Nothing personal.. I just wanted to make the point that the people in charge of our newspapers don't even know how to help themselves, never mind help the public.Warren Buffett could've used newspapers to encourage literacy, to encourage school subjects generally. The more informed readers you have, the more newspapers you can sell. I don't believe he ever thought of this angle.Instead, he just let everybody get more…See More
Feb 7
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Bill of Rights for Students 2020 -- highly recommended

In his excellent new article, Prof. Jeffrey Ludwig explains why most educational reform is doomed. Education Can Be Saved, he states, But Not By The Left. Their ideological compulsions are killers. Please read this article. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/american_education_can_be_saved_but_not_by_the_left.html.-------------Ludwig recommends focusing on the…See More
Jan 26
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K-12 is a war against children

The headline is totally counterintuitive....yes, I know that.The longer I've studied education, the more I was shocked by how destructive most theories and methods are.It's a lot like going to a hospital to report on illnesses there and finding that some of the nurses use dirty needles and filthy bandages. Patients have died because of this carelessness or this malevolence.This article, on American Thinker, is a quick summary of the whole war. Once you get past the glittering claims, most of…See More
Jan 12
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Best SHORT Explanation of American Educational Failure

Churchill said Russia is “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” That’s hardly more of a puzzle than American K-12, which is sophistries wrapped in lies inside a thick fog.The problem in understanding K-12 is that you have a surface at odds with dark secrets inside. Imagine a beautiful $10 million mansion full of glamorous people leading expensive lives. Lots of good times. Life is perfect except that in the basement you have something deadly. Everyone gets sick from radioactive…See More
Dec 10, 2019

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Author of eight books, poet, artist, education reformer. Founded Improve-Education.org in 2005. Have 500 education articles and videos on internet. (YouTube videos just passed 3 million views.) Author of "Saving K-12 --- What happened to our public schools. How do we fix them?" (Probably the best quick but comprehensive explanation of what went wrong.)

Specialty is explaining bogus theories and methods commonly found in public schools. My goal is to help the school system reform itself. Another goal is to help parents protect their children against harmful pedagogy.

Twitter name is @educatt

Literary site is Lit4u.com
What is your present job title?
Consultant
At what school level do you work?
K-12
Where do you work?
Other location in USA

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Public Schools Are Killing Character

Posted on October 8, 2020 at 12:05am 0 Comments

--"Once upon a time, schools tried to improve the character of their students. Be neat. Be punctual. Be accurate. Do your homework. Don’t copy anyone else’s work. Dot your is and cross your ts. Remember, practice makes perfect.

"In a similar way, the Boy Scouts urged boys to be little gentlemen. Scout Law dictates: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful,…

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Tips for Parents with Children in K-12

Posted on October 6, 2020 at 5:54pm 0 Comments

My goal is to help more people understand the reality of our public schools, which are dumb by design. This takes a lot of cleverness. The professors have to design bogus methods that don't teach the subjects they are claimed to teach. Then they have to surround the bogus methods with an impenetrable fog, so that nobody catches on to the damages caused.

These ideas are more fully explained in a new press release:…

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Why do top educators oppose cursive?

Posted on September 22, 2020 at 11:39pm 0 Comments

Ten years ago, a phonics guru told me that a reading program without cursive is inferior.

He said that mastering cursive accelerates the learning of the letters, which is the critical first step for phonics.

Since that time I've become fascinated by the education establishment's weird hostility to cursive. After all, what is cursive getting in the way of? Not much is being taught in our schools.

I believe that cursive is much more valuable…

Continue

Teachers feeling guilty.... It's a start.

Posted on September 15, 2020 at 10:33pm 0 Comments

There is a lot of craziness in the public schools. For example, bogus theories and defective methods.

One question always simmering under the surface is: do teachers realize what they are doing to the children? 

In an article on reading, I encountered a startling quote by a teacher who does feel guilty. Unpleasant but perhaps it's helpful.…

Continue

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