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Only Community Leaders Can Save Our Schools
rantrave.com ^ | Feb. 2, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price

Posted on 02/09/2013 4:00:16 PM PST by BruceDeitrickPrice

In 2007 Bill Gates said the public schools are a threat to the nation’s survival. They’re that bad.

It’s important that community leaders of all kinds (but especially business executives) become involved in fixing what must be called a crisis.

Your community needs you. It’s easy to help. Here’s how, in four steps:

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I: START WITH A CLEAN INTELLECTUAL SLATE

Public schools have been sinking into mediocrity for 70+ years. Statistics trend ever downward. Why?

Let’s confront the obvious. The people at the top are grossly incompetent. Or their philosophy dictates that leducation’s true goal is leveling (i.e., dumbing down). Either way, it’s prudent to replace the so-called experts who created all this decline and misery.

In short, start fresh. Re-examine what went wrong. Re-imagine what is possible. Find your own experts and your own answers.

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II: TRUST ONLY THOSE WITH A RECORD OF SUCCESS

Every city has three reservoirs of educational wisdom. Talk to these people:

1) People who manage private schools.

2) Those in charge of good parochial schools.

3) Homeschooling parents. (Note: homeschoolers have to spend all day at the kitchen table teaching. They don’t waste time on methods that don’t work.)

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III: SELECT ONLY THE BEST APPROACHES

Investigate. Find out what goals and methods are used by the most successsful schools. Embrace only those methods!

You’re a VIP. People will answer your questions. What theories, what approaches, what curricula are mentioned again...and again?

In a few hours, you’ll know for yourself what works and doesn’t work.

(Here is a preview of what you’ll probably learn...)

BAD METHODS OFTEN FOUND IN BAD SCHOOLS:

Sight Words

High-Frequency Words

Reform Math (12 varieties)

Constructivism

Cooperative Learning

Self-Esteem

Fuzziness

Whole Words

Dolch Words

Social Studies

Guessing

Relevance

Multiculturalism

No Memorization

Pretend Critical Thinking

Disorderly Schools

Permissive About Cheating

Just a few of these ideas, used relentlessly, can cripple any school.

GOOD METHODS TYPICALLY EMBRACED BY GOOD SCHOOLS

The 3 R’s

Basics

Phonics

Arithmetic

Cursive Handwriting

Mastery

Facts

Knowledge

Academics

Aesop’s Fables

Geography

Literature

General Science

History

Second Language

Homework

Proper Spelling

Accuracy

Promptness

Real Critical Thinking

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IV: PUT ON THE PRESSURE

The blueprint for success is simple: use only good methods. When in doubt, do what good schools do.

Praise and promote those methods. Spotlight successful schools.

Conversely, explain and criticize what bad schools do. Publish their scores. Name their principals. Laugh at their fads and foolishness.

Accept no excuses. When big organizations produce bad results, the top people should be replaced.

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SUMMARY: public education, throughout the 20th century, was debased to achieve political goals. It’s time to say goodbye to all that.

The best schools around the country, and throughout history, have done much the same things. Kids learn reading, writing and arithmetic. From there they go on to geography, history, science, literature, and the arts.

We need to enforce the popular will, which surely desires substantive education, not indoctrination, for every child.

The problem is that the official leaders in education are like viruses in a computer; nothing works right with them around. We need new leaders, in every community, to reclaim the public schools.

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RELATED READING--

WHAT NOT TO DO: “56: Top 10 Worst Ideas in Education” http://www.improve-education.org/id83.html

WHAT TO DO: “A Bill of Rights for Students 2013” http://www.improve-education.org/id90.html


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; History; Society
KEYWORDS: arth; business; frhf; k12; phonics; publicschools

1 posted on 02/09/2013 4:00:26 PM PST by BruceDeitrickPrice
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

Step one is to stop pumping marxist teachers out of our colleges.


2 posted on 02/09/2013 4:03:13 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

how about parents, students and teachers?


3 posted on 02/09/2013 4:04:04 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: Gabz; SoftballMominVA; shag377; humblegunner; metmom

Conservative Public school teachers have been saying this for years.


4 posted on 02/09/2013 4:05:43 PM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

Funny - a hundred years ago kids didn’t have such a difficult time mastering reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic.

In fact, they did far better with a far smaller budget.

Personally, if I were a member of the NEA, I’d have a tough time looking at myself in the mirror each morning before going off to “educate.”

And I certainly would NOT be crying for a bigger budget or more “community involvement.”


5 posted on 02/09/2013 4:06:24 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

A good teacher could teach in a barn with a handful of shared textbooks and handheld slates. In fact generations of teachers did pretty much that.


6 posted on 02/09/2013 4:08:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

Trouble is, people feel about public schools the way they do about Congress—terrible, terrible, terrible, except theirs somehow just happens to be very good.


7 posted on 02/09/2013 4:14:26 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

leftist Bill Gates said that?


8 posted on 02/09/2013 4:21:04 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Gates recognizes that our schools aren’t producing people he would consider hiring. Its in his own self interest that the schools do better.


9 posted on 02/09/2013 4:24:10 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Right, he’s a leftist on most crap unless it actually impacts him.


10 posted on 02/09/2013 4:25:09 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

Success in schools begins with proper parenting. When over 50% of children are born to single mothers, forget it. Becoming properly educated becomes that much more unlikely.


11 posted on 02/09/2013 4:33:24 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

It’s too late, the teachers are totally democratic idiots.


12 posted on 02/09/2013 5:01:36 PM PST by Cowgirl
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To: verga; SoftballMominVA; humblegunner; metmom; Gabz

Agreed. I read a great post the other day on the AJC.com’s Get Schooled blog about how kids wish teachers would hold them more accountable in school.

It was hilarious to read.


13 posted on 02/09/2013 5:14:52 PM PST by shag377 (Don't get mad at me when I play your game by your rules, and I win.)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

14 posted on 02/09/2013 5:29:42 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

15 posted on 02/09/2013 5:30:44 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Jack Hammer

Agree. All I have heard in the last 22 years is how much worse the schools are becoming, how much lower the kids score on tests, and; the local government here thinks that after throwing more money for each year it will work the next year. Why not be honest? This is greed and lazy teachers.


16 posted on 02/09/2013 5:37:57 PM PST by Lumper20 (`)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

Bruce,

GIVE IT UP!!!!

Govenrment schools are a godless, socialist, single-payer, monopoly, and price-fixed, union controlled ENTITLEMENT.

When in the entire history of mankind was ever possible to REFORM A GODLESS, SOCIALIST, SINGLE-PAYER, MONOPOLY, PRICE-FIXED, AND UNION CONTROLLED CARTEL SOCIALIST ENTITLEMENT???????

Yeah! I am shouting, jumping up and down, and having a fit. Why isn’t the OBVIOUS OBVIOUS to someone who is OBVIOUSLY smart????

If you want real reform that work toward complete privatization of universal K-12 schooling in this nation.


17 posted on 02/09/2013 5:42:02 PM PST by wintertime
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

The elementary schools are really the very worst. If you can homeschool your kids through middle school, you could place them into high school- and still have a fighting chance at your child’s mind.

Parents need to honestly take this very seriously. The Common Core Standards Curriculum is pure Marxism. It is dangerous and it will punish anyone who is not a struggling minority.

Truth to power. Turn over every stone and devote your energy to learning about what your children are learning- and check in with them every day on what they are learning and how they feel about it.

Remove your child at the first sign of abuse.

The days may be growing short that you will have a chance to remove them. By having your child in federal schools, you are submitting to the federal government.

I have had to allow one of my children stay in High School, at his request- and so- I am quite aware that at this point- I am in danger.

He and I have had a very long talk about why I am permitting him to stay in school, and what I expect from him, so that he can stay there.


18 posted on 02/09/2013 5:55:23 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: cripplecreek
Gates recognizes that our schools aren’t producing people he would consider hiring. Its in his own self interest that the schools do better.

My homeschooled son works for him.

19 posted on 02/09/2013 6:13:49 PM PST by aberaussie
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To: Truth2012
Parents need to honestly take this very seriously.
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Conservatives need to honestly recognize that government schooling can not be reformed.

How we currently school the vast majority of our nation's children threatens our nation's continuing freedom. If we treat children like prisoners in godless, socialist-entitlement, and prison-like schools we should NOT NOT NOT be surprised if we have a nation of future voters who are comfortable being godless and socialist state prisoners.

20 posted on 02/09/2013 8:14:22 PM PST by wintertime
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To: cripplecreek
That presumes that the demand isn't already being distorted by a supply of guest workers. It may make him feel good, but it won't do any good if people see that it is a losing proposition to go in a field that sends more to guest workers than not. If Gates wants more people in the US to take up high-skill fields, a top interest would be to remove the distortions related to guest workers.

His (or Ballmer's) interest(on the large scale) is having the least free, lowest cost hire that can fulfill the demands of the company. Microsoft doesn't care how well educated they are as long as they follow that trend on the large scale.
21 posted on 02/09/2013 10:50:55 PM PST by setha (It is past time for the United States to take back what the world took away.)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

Lotta good thoughts in that article. And it does indeed echo what I’ve thought for ages - the community, not just the teachers, need to be involved. I think people in the homeschooling community have great ideas about curriculum and teaching methods and I wish they would share at their local school level and insist that they school board use sounder based books, etc.


22 posted on 02/10/2013 9:41:47 AM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice
For a serious conversation to take place, you would have to slow down enough to explicitly state your belief that school as an institution must continue to exist as it has, and that it's only the operational details that need to change. Then a serious back-and-forth could begin.

Until you can brace yourself and be **that** frank, the painstaking, details you've provided so far as suggestions are beside the point.

Some of us, myself included, believe that "public schooling" has built-in operational problems which translate into the death of a "free" country by the destruction of its philosophy and culture. If you will be honest with yourself, you can imagine that we don't care much to talk about the latest flavors-of-the-month in educationist circles.

23 posted on 02/11/2013 6:05:34 AM PST by Mmmike
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To: wintertime; All

Wintertime says: “work toward complete privatization of universal K-12 schooling in this nation.”

Great!!! Go for it!!! IN THE MEANTIME, I think we need to get the last-remaining smart practical people involved in education. That’s all I said. Basically, if everyone who self-identifies as a conservative or a Republican got involved in the local schools, you could change things, maybe even quickly.

(One thing that people may not realize is the degree to which the local newspaper has completely sold out. They used to advocate for the parents, now they advocate for the NEA.


Thanks for many smart comments.


24 posted on 02/11/2013 1:18:10 PM PST by BruceDeitrickPrice (education reform)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
Note: this topic is from 2/09/201. Thanks BruceDeitrickPrice.

25 posted on 03/15/2013 6:51:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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