Bruce Deitrick Price
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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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Socialism, Venezuela, and Education

Venezuela should be one of the richest, most successful countries in the world.    K-12 in the US should be one of the richest, most successful school systems in the world....Ideology gets in the way sometimes.K-12: Parallels with Venezuela…See More
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Teaching Something Is Better Than Teaching Nothing

I’m going to do this very briefly but this is one of the biggest topics possible. It deserves a whole book.I submit to you that Progressive education believes in teaching attitudes, opinions, and feelings. Progressive education does not give a damn if children learn a fact or not.As you feel this opinion triumphing in one school after another, you will probably have a desolate feeling, a barren Antarctic feeling. A brain without any facts in it is a very sad and pathetic sort of hell.Geography…See More
Jul 24
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Have you considered the possibility of subversion?

I think that anyone who studies education for a while will decide that there are two possibilities, the people in charge are horribly incompetent, or the people in charge are subversives.At this time, most people understand that we have subversives in our FBI, of all places. If there, then anywhere.This new article (which I titled K-12: Inside Job but American Thinker retitled K-12: An Insidious Inside Job, which I frankly don’t think is better) looks at the possibility of traitors and betrayal…See More
Jul 18
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Lively Discussion of Problems in K-12

Oh Hale Yeah interviewed me for a YouTube video. Glitch wiped out first nine minutes. Otherwise a long and lively rampage through a lot of topics. After all this time I’m still an excitable boy. There is so much craziness in our public schools, just thinking about it makes me want to shout Oh Hell No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This video contains a lot of links to things I’ve written, etc.https://youtu.be/nvz2qNASmaU…See More
Jun 29
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Consider the Politics of Education

Traditionally, K-12 was in the hands of fairly dull, safe, ordinary people. They didn’t have any fancy theories. They wanted kids to be able to read, to add, and to divide. They wanted kids to know the capital of France. Nothing grandiose. Just the basics. (And I would argue, that’s precisely what we really need today.)John Dewey and his gang, starting more than 100 years ago, did have grandiose theories. They wanted a new society. They wanted new kinds of schools so they can make new kinds of…See More
Jun 18
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UPDATE: the Conspiracy against Reading

The linked article shows that literacy in 1910 was almost 99%.Isn't that shocking? Didn’t you assume it was much worse? Our Education Establishment tells us every day how difficult reading is and how children can’t learn without another billion added to the budget.————————————————Most people have a shadowy sense of how good or bad things were in 1950 or 1900. It’s almost as if someone went around destroying evidence.A guy on the Internet complained that he couldn’t find literacy records circa…See More
Jun 8
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"My kid can't read. What should I do?"

Excerpt: It's a common problem in the US. Children in the second and third grades, even the fourth and fifth grades, are struggling readers. They guess; they skip ahead; they search for clues from context; they look at pictures to read words. Did I mention they guess? Typically, these children are unsuccessful in most school subjects and very unhappy.The school may think this slow progress is fine. But perhaps you as a parent know younger children who've already learned to read. You worry that…See More
May 26
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Aldous Huxley's Brave New World explains how our Education Establishment creates illiteracy

An interesting new look at Aldous Huxley’s most famous book. All those famous scenes of embryos in glass jars were not about the industrial technology but about a very simple gimmick unseen at the center of the process. Something is not there. Something the organism desperately needs. And this deprivation is the gimmick that is replicated billions of times in our elementary schools, where children are not given the information they need to be readers.Illiterate New World:…See More
May 19
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Are you concerned about the education of poor and minority students?

My starting point was that the US could not create 50 million functional illiterates if the people at the top cared. It’s shocking to me that this decline has gone on for so many decades. Flesch spelled out the whole thing in 1955 but somehow our Education Establishment went on with their social engineering schemes.So for the last few months I’ve been wondering: how do we wake up the rich, the successful, the leaders, the movers and shakers in all areas. I’d like all of them to feel a bit more…See More
May 16
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Public Schools: there are three big problems we must correct

K-12 is a jumble and a jungle. Picking out the three biggest problems is probably impossible. There are so many.But simplicity is a good place to start. To start the project rolling, here are my three nominees:First, the schools are getting dumber by the month and this is something we can start reversing by the simple trick of teaching facts and knowledge. Who would've guessed it?Second, the dumbing down of America takes place in a passive, subdued, browbeaten population with weak leaders.…See More
May 8
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How our schools turn children into monsters

I've never been very interested in Ayn Rand until someone told me about a 1970 essay where she explains how Progressive education turns children into monsters. This is everything I’ve been writing about for the last 20 years. But she took it further and deeper. Nothing escapes her clinical gaze. She is actually a great child psychologist.If you’ve always suspected there are a lot of suspect ideas in our K-12, my article won’t surprise you. If you’re hanging on to hope that Progressive is…See More
Apr 18
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Are you concerned with curriculum design?

Curriculum design, that’s where basically all the crimes are committed. That’s where the bogus theories and the defective methods are integrated into every classroom so that no child will be left unscarred.None of this could happen if the process were rationalized. Experts would propose ideas that are then carefully tested in the field, that is, hundreds of classrooms. Nothing would become operational in a single school until it had been proven for several years.Some of the biggest…See More
Apr 11
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The war on men starts with the war on boys

Main revelation (in linked article) is that Sight-words (also known as Whole Language, etc.) is more destructive of boys than of girls. Could you guess why? Boys by large are confident and cocky. They can climb up on a roof and then jump off the roof. But what if you put something in front of them, an obstacle, that keeps them from ever climbing up on the roof. They will be frustrated and irritable.Girls, meanwhile, are more patient, more accommodating, more concerned with the group being…See More
Mar 26
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Still confused about phonics versus Whole Word? Meet Berys Dixon

Everyone should know the Berys Dixon story....Schoolteacher does what she’s told until one day she realizes she’s been lying to her parents. The method she was teaching does not work. She does her own research, finds her own answers, and for the first time helps most of her children to read.This woman is so down-to-earth, so straightforward, so honest (I think we can assume) that even a professor of education at Harvard will be reluctant to argue with her. She’s been there and done it, unlike…See More
Mar 14

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Tell our School Leadership 2.0 community a little bit about yourself. Feel free to post your email address and website. Also feel free to list your areas of interest. This will help other members dialogue with you.
Author of eight books, poet, artist, education reformer. Founded Improve-Education.org in 2005. Have 400 education articles and videos on internet. (YouTube Videos just passed 2.5 million views.)

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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Socialism, Venezuela, and Education

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 8:08pm 0 Comments

Venezuela should be one of the richest, most successful countries in the world.    K-12 in the US should be one of the richest, most successful school systems in the world....Ideology gets in the way sometimes.

K-12: Parallels with Venezuela…

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Powerful Pedagogy: How To Teach Anything More Efficiently

Posted on August 6, 2018 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

Whatever makes students exclaim “Wow!” is probably a smart way to proceed.

Too much teaching is dry, dull, plodding… In short, nobody ever says “Wow!”

In every subject, for whatever age of students, there are always certain points that are the most exciting, the most dramatic, the most memorable, the most likely to make people sit up and…

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Teaching Something Is Better Than Teaching Nothing

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

I’m going to do this very briefly but this is one of the biggest topics possible. It deserves a whole book.

I submit to you that Progressive education believes in teaching attitudes, opinions, and feelings. Progressive education does not give a damn if children learn a fact or not.

As you feel this opinion triumphing in one school…

Continue

Have you considered the possibility of subversion?

Posted on July 18, 2018 at 7:45pm 0 Comments

I think that anyone who studies education for a while will decide that there are two possibilities, the people in charge are horribly incompetent, or the people in charge are subversives.

At this time, most people understand that we have subversives in our FBI, of all places. If there, then anywhere.

This new article (which I titled K-12: Inside…

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