Skip to comments.The Crime of the Century: Creating 50,000,000 Functional Illiterates
Posted on 04/29/2010 12:47:37 PM PDT by BruceDeitrickPrice
The best thing we can do for the country is to make sure all children read by the second grade. The Education Establshment continues to push non-phonetic methods that dont work. Heres a graphic video (only 3 minutes) that explains why Kindergarten Sight-Words Are Not A Good Idea.
This hoax requires that children memorize words as SHAPES or graphic designs, as we all memorize flags, currency symbols, hieroglyphics, cars, etc. A few hundred is difficult but doable; a few thousand is beyond most people. Even then, it takes a lot of time, so all of education is undercut. Once parents understand that Look-say, Whole Word, Sight Words or Dolch Words (all same thing) is a destructive fraud, well see steady improvement in the public schools.
Reading may not be everything, but I often suspect it's half of everything. That's why the impostors in charge of education have devoted so much ingenuity to making sure kids would end up semi-literate.
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Further consideration : My friend, raised in Japan, has spent years studying the full Kanji alphabet. She even gets it wrong sometimes.
I still remember my first grade class in 1963. We had over 40 kids in the class. The teacher taught us the sounds of all the consonants, then the vowels. In no time, we were reading. And this was with no Kindergarten or Pre-K. Why did they try to fix something that was not broken?
“Thank a teacher.”
Yes, and could you tell us how many symbols your friend has learned?
I’ve gotten the impression that mastering even 2,000 kanji is a major achievement and take 5-10 years.
I do thank them, because I learned phonics, too. I was lucky enough to have learned to read before the ‘sightword’ bit. There is no substitute for phonics. You have to learn the parts of the word before you can read.
I teach Sunday school and I tell my six year olds when they come across a unknown word to SOUND IT OUT.
Kids are not learning penmanship anymore. It is not uncommon now to find young people who only print and cannot read cursive script.
I can not, but during our exercises I had made a few characters, and even the slightest shifting of the wrist, a serif where there is none, can change the character or make it complete junk.
Even in writing Katakana I found that every stroke of the pen is important.
In America today if you can read, thank your parents for after-schooling you.
Only teachers ( in ignorance or knowingly) open the doors to the government schools and WILLINGLY agree to use methods,and cooperate with systems, that **HURT** children! No one is holding a gun to their heads. No one is threatening to send them to a concentration camp!
If the government teacher that you know ( who loves her cat and is a member of the church women's auxiliary) is still employed, if she/he hasn't quit or been fired, then this teacher is AGREEING to HURT children in exchange for a paycheck and benefits!
This teacher is WILLINGLY agreeing to implement policies and systems that teach children to think atheistically and ( by the way) leaves them illiterate.
If you know a child who can read, his parents have knowingly or unknowingly taught him phonics, or he is one of the very bright and rare children who figured the code out on his own.
A number of charter schools in the Phoenix area are now returning to a “traditional” method of learning to read. A few of the public schools in the Scottsdale School District have labeled themselves “traditional” as well.
I have a three year old granddaughter in a charter school preschool program (for which we pay out of pocket) who is learning phonics through the Spalding method. Her increased vocabulary alone since January of this year is phenomenal. She can combine letters and sound combinations with ease. She was unable to say a single word until almost 2 1/2 and was diagnosed as developmentally delayed in speech.
We have punished an entire generation in this experiment in education. It is sad to see but I do believe that many are waking up to the fact that we can no longer use our children as trial and error material. Tried and true methods of learning are on the rebound.
Literacy has less and less value in America. First, by way of example, look at McDonald’s. Their illiterate Mexican workers can function by learning the symbols on the computerized cash register, Second, using a shovel to dig a highway dedicated to “The Divine One” does not require literacy. Most engineering can be done abroad with the necessary heavy machines made nearby. One can multiply examples.
Or he watched "Super Why!" on PBS. That's how Vlad learned to read when he turned 3, near as I can tell.
Done intentionally — dummies vote DEMOCRAT.
“Public Schools: Creating tomorrow’s underclass today!”
Government school teachers: Creating tomorrow's atheistic Marxist TODAY!
( And...Conservatives continue to allow these temples of atheistic Marxism to remain open!)
YOU BETCHA....ITS THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY...FIRE ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS NOW AND START OVER.
Mrs Dog and I bought a set of reproduction McGuffey Readers when our son was 3. By the time he was 4 he was reading at a first grade level. Teaching sight words reading is simply BS. Phonics is the only way to teach reading, although to be sure, there are some words which must be taught as sight. Think of “the” as an example. sd
Thank DrSuess and lots of parents who think they are helping by reading these books to their young children. Seuss was paid to create CAT IN A HAT which introduces the base vocabulary for sight and say.
An illiterate nation is more easily CONTROLLED.
“Fuzzy” math programs are another problem. Can you imagine sending your child to a school that doesn’t use phonics to teach kids to read and has decided to use one of these strange math programs? No wonder kids act out in class. They must wonder what they are doing there.
Start over by having a completely **PRIVATE** system of K-12 schools!
Government schools **ARE** SOCIALISM! SOCIALISM CAN NEVER BE REFORMED!!!! GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS MUST BE SHUT DOWN COMPLETELY!!
As wintertime vociferously points out, the individual teachers are not the heart of the problem ... even the ones screwing the students. They are a symptom of the pathologies inherent in a government-run organization. For example, most teachers aren’t total fools: they would be teaching phonics and addition facts, if the system did not mandate less-functional forms of teaching.
Unfortunately, the logic of a government school system leads straight from Miss Wilder to what we have now. It wasn’t obvious with the small, isolated populations of pioneer communities, but control caught up with them, as it had earlier with urban schools.
I could open a Little House on the Prairie school. I’ve got the books and the skills. However, it would take a reorganization of other systems to make it truly competitive for students. For example, music and sports programs are heavily concentrated in government schools. I couldn’t compete with that, and the students couldn’t participate in county school programs. Enrichment activities would have to be organized at the community/city/county level, independent of schools, for a small-school provider to fit in.
I agree with you about sports. I use terms like “indentured servants” and “gladiators,” in fact ;-). Nonetheless, sports are now a major issue in the “education” market, from elementary to college level, and that’s something a private school, large or small, has to deal with.
In the bigger picture, though, all government operations are becoming more centralized. In my community, the state decides whether we can have a stop sign, and the federal government often pays for it. The same with education. Local funding is a fraction of the cost, and local influence is correspondingly picayune.
I would agree if it were only the parents who voluntarily participated and voluntarily paid for the teacher. It would be a **private** modern homeschool co-op.
One of the major problems with government education is that education is **never** religiously, culturally, or politically neutral. It is impossible. No matter how hard a government school board tries, it **will** establish the religious, cultural, and political worldview of the politically powerful, and undermine that of the less politically powerful.
Therefore...Even if school districts were the size of a suburban housing subdivision, the most politically powerful would be imposing their non-neutral religious, cultural, and political worldview on other people's children,...and..forcing their neighbor to pay for this worldview.
Compulsory government education ( forced attendance and forced funding) is a First Amendment and freedom of conscience abomination! ( Even if the school districts were the size of 50 homes.)
One reason sports are such a big issue is that parents have dumped their children’s whole lives on the school system. In the story I’m currently reading to my little boys (”Little Britches,” by Ralph Moody), the school runs from late morning to early afternoon, the students get themselves there on their own horses or mules, and the school year is very short. The curriculum was basic literacy and math.
Many parents (like the Ingalls, or the Moodys in our book) could have taught the same content at home, but housekeeping and baby-care duties were much more time-consuming than they are today. We’re now in a position - even without the Internet, only using a library - where almost any family could provide a decent basic education at home. My oldest daughter ran her own education from 13 to today, when she’s getting a real-world education somewhere in the South Pacific on a Coast Guard cutter.
Good watch; better read:
>Kids are not learning penmanship anymore. It is not uncommon now to find young people who only print and cannot read cursive script.
I myself only write in print; partly because I never really got the hang of cursive and partly because nobody else would be able to read what I’d written.
“that explains why Kindergarten Sight-Words Are Not A Good Idea.”
Thank God my nephew’s son will be able to read fluently before he ever goes to school. He’s not even three yet and he knows both his alphabet and numbers up to and past 10. His parents are staunch... no, make that RABIDLY conservative and their arsenal would put many FReepers to shame. (Nephew can usually quote muzzle velocities for various ammo of the top of his head when we talk guns.)
I’ve been encouraging them to homeschool, as the niece doesn’t work, but they think that the local school district is reasonably good, since they both went there. I think they may revise that opinion when the kid actually starts school and they find out just what his indoctrination will be like. And it won’t be conservative.
I would dearly love to help them homeschool him. I’ve got a couple of years yet to convince them. By that time the kid will be reading textbooks, I swear.
I agree with you. I remember the test Laura took to become a teacher - grammar, basic arithmetic (in her head!), American history. Anoreth could have done that - except for long division in her head ;-).
I don’t know if my family could get through a “long winter” with nothing to do but recite to one another, but we can handle a power outage: we can play instruments, read books to each other, draw or color. I sometimes declare “lights-off” evenings and make us all find something to do without tv or computers.
In the “old days,” people who didn’t have book-education had practical skills, because otherwise they would have died. Now we have a growing percentage of the population who can’t change a tire *or* write a paragraph ... can’t do anything but demand their “entitlements.”
OR when he starts school and they find out that the system can't deal with a 5-year-old who can already read, write, add and recite muzzle velocities. Wait for them to recommend "counseling" because the boy likes to talk about guns ...
May I suggest, as a tactical/practical matter, that we agree that there’s no need for sight-words. PERIOD. Nobody needed them for centuries. Most of the phonics experts I trust argue there’s no need for even one.
(Please Google “42: Reading Resources” for more on Sight-Word craziness.)
“OR when he starts school and they find out that the system can’t deal with a 5-year-old who can already read, write, add and recite muzzle velocities. Wait for them to recommend “counseling” because the boy likes to talk about guns ... “
Yeah, I can’t wait. The kid’s already been around guns and shooting, so it’ll be interesting.
But the school idjits won’t get very far if they come up with the ADD/ADHD krap(tm). My other nephew supposedly has that and his brother feels it’s a crock.
The kid’s dad has already stated what he’d do if the kid’s pediatrician asks him or them anything about guns. After the doc bandages his new a$$h0le that nephew will tear him, he won’t be bothered again about having the kid as a patient. Like I said, and proudly, nephew is a RABID conservative.
my little grandson’s teacher actually rolled her eyes at my daughter when she was talking to her...when his hair was cut (all over his head) they circled the wagons and would not tell us what happened.. she has half her students sitting with their back to her. they are sending kids home with 40 pounds of homework in their back packs with instructions for the parent to teach them...there is most certainly something wrong with the schools..some of the teachers i know have said they vote dem because dems support their unions and the get more benifits...(was said when clinton was in office). I asked them what clinton did for them and they could not tell me...thats when i said ...I pay taxes so i am giving you all these things...i got told that was total bs.
Do you remember the stories in the later books where a group of boys beat the crap out of the teacher? And a group of boys, aided with Laura Ingals danced through the streets singing taunts about the lovely Miss Wilder?
Tell them about the “Day of Silence”, Kevin Jennings, and GLSEN.
Have you ever examined what the students had to do for their end of the year activity? The cipherin’, grammar, and history - all from memory. Very impressive.
Plus, if I remember right Pa always made them tell him what scripture verses the pastor used from his sermon.
I think that their memories were sharper because they had fewer resources at their fingertips and had to remember it because there was no other way to be.
Thanks for quoting my article. (”Eight Warning Signs of a Bad School” is on ezinearticles.com)
But I don’t understand the earlier comment about sounding out words and making new words...?
Flesch, etc. often talk about school-proofing kids, especially in reading. I’ve been using the phrase Parallel Education for EVERYTHING that happens outside of school; I suspect it’s more important than ever.
I’ve made some videos just right for that boy; see below. There’s another one for capital letters.
And a good numbers one called NumbersS 1-10.