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Education Establishment are Great Pretenders
RightSideNews ^ | March 26, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price

Posted on 04/02/2013 1:11:05 PM PDT by BruceDeitrickPrice

“Oh-oh, yes you are the great pretenders
Pretending that you’re doing good
Your need is such that you pretend too much
You’ve done all the damage you could”

The top 1000 people in public education, let’s call them the Education Establishment. They make all the decisions. Our public schools are what they are because of this tiny elite.

Some observers think these people are incompetent, clumsy, addled. Maybe many are. But at the very top I suspect you find people with total clarity. They know what they’re doing. They know it’s not what most of the public wants. But they have an agenda, a collectivist agenda, and they’re not going to let anything get in their way.

If anyone points out that a great percent of children don’t learn to read, don’t learn to do basic arithmetic, and don’t know much basic foundational information, at that point our elite educators become great pretenders.

They insist they mean well. They insist that their every decision is based on reams of research. They insist that everything is improving, we merely need new kinds of assessment to show that.

They pretend that all of their progressive, modern, newfangled approaches are the best. Give these people credit. They are some of the finest hucksters in history.

But finally, these people have to know the damage they are doing. They have to know that their theories and pedagogies are fake. The paradigm for educational nonsense is called Whole Word. You make children memorize English words as graphic designs; and now we have 50 million functional illiterates. But that great damage is not the point at the moment. The point is that the nonsense-makers pretend not to know.

When New Math appeared in 1965, the American public, columnists, book reviewers, etc. agreed it was a disaster. In a few years, it disappeared from American life, despite being in development for 10 years. Do you think these Ph.D.’s accidentally designed the worst curriculum in history? It’s more logical to assume they carefully designed the worst curriculum in history. When they got caught, they pretended they thought it was a great idea.

Move forward to 1985; the same gang brought out a whole new bunch of math curricula collectively called Reform Math, but sarcastically called New New Math, Voodoo Math, Fuzzy Math. There were actually 12 separate curricula, each with a dozen authors. That’s a gigantic pile of Ph.D.’s but they came up with an incoherent and destructive curriculum. Then they pretended to believe in it.

To fully appreciate how horrible Reform Math is, look at the discussions and debates that went on in many small town all across America when parent groups would rally against these things. ( And all the time the parents were complaining, the local representatives of the Education Establishment would blandly pretend that the program was very good if people would give it a chance.

Maybe the low-level educators believe this. It is not possible the education elite believe this. (Professional mathematicians and other experts publicly denounced Reform Math.

The next big gimmick was called Constructivism and this is where, instead of my telling you something, I tell you to go find out for yourself. Maybe it’s a good technique for teaching a few special insights. But you have to set up these eureka moments; this takes time and patience. Typically, a good lecturer can communicate far more info in less time. Constructivism will be slow; and the material learned will be spotty. But the Education Establishment wants to pretend that this is actually a superior form of education, for all subjects and all ages.

So that’s the perennial pattern. We are overrun by really bad ideas which naked emperors tell us are splendid, like their splendid clothes.

And every day in their offices, these professors look at the stats coming in from across the country and they know that their ideas are dumbing the country down. They pretend to be concerned. They pretend to be working on the next generation of curricula, that will be so much better than the junk they confected 10 years ago.

As best I can understand it, being in the Education Establishment is like being a priest in a religion. You have to embrace church dogma, totally. But finally the tenets of a church come back to faith. Then we’re talking about God, infinity and complex things that you can’t check out personally. But the gizmos that our Education Establishment promotes are not of this rarefied variety. These bad ideas are in the classroom. You can see they are goofy and don't work. You can measure the bad results.

So you know the elite educators are pretending. They know they’re pretending.

“Oh-oh, yes you are the great pretenders
Adrift in a world of your own
You’ve upped your game and to our real shame
You’ve nibbled us down to the bone”


TOPICS: Education; History; Humor; Society
KEYWORDS: constructivism; education; k12; publicschools; wholeword

1 posted on 04/02/2013 1:11:05 PM PDT by BruceDeitrickPrice
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

Here is a link to the 35 Atlanta ‘educators’ indicted in a conspiracy to change students’ answers on standardized tests to help them pass.

Yes, the overwhelming majority could be Obama’s kin.

2 posted on 04/02/2013 1:27:32 PM PDT by patriotsblood
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

A pretty good summary of the history of bad education, especially as I’ve lived it with New Math hitting at age 10 and going from there. Fortunately, I generally have not experienced it since I grew up in the middle of the country (KS) so it was slow to arrive there, if ever. Some of it was certainly an issue by the time I had children in school in the 1980s. But, again, being in the middle of the country (OK) still provided some insulation from outright foolishness. Probably not the case for my grandchildren who are just now arriving on the scene with school a little ways into the future.

3 posted on 04/02/2013 2:08:35 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

Privatize all of it.

4 posted on 04/02/2013 2:49:47 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

“Privatize all of it.”

Shut down the schools of education.

Eliminate the Federal Department of Education. Fire everyone in the Department and end all of the programs.

Eliminate the State Department of Education in every state.

Downsize the local city or county education bureaucracy. Every job that is not located in a school and not directly relate to instruction in the classroom should be eliminated. This means curriculum directors, diversity directors, and other bureaucrats. Fire every EdD and PhD.

Make the local school boards accountable for approving textbooks and curriculum.

Institute vouchers along with privatization. Let schools compete for students and dollars.

Beef up vocational instruction at community colleges.

End federal student loan programs and grants for college.

5 posted on 04/02/2013 3:28:05 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Soul of the South

You said it better. ;-)

6 posted on 04/02/2013 3:35:22 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: BruceDeitrickPrice

Another brilliant expose of the educationist establishment by Bruce Price.

We could save oceans of money by closing the public schools and letting parents utilize the private sector and/or home school their children. Public schools cost a minimum of $10,000 to $15,000 per student whereas private schools cost on average $7,000 per student.

The possibilities are all far better than the current system: Individual teachers (formerly employed by the public schools) could rent a single classroom from the now-bankrupt public school system and gather in as many voucher/supported or privately supported students as they think they can teach. Those teachers who teach their subject well would make far more money than they are receiving now from the public/socialist system.

Remember that in the time of Adam Smith parents paid the professor directly.

Public schools that can’t teach first graders to read are racist and inhumane.

7 posted on 04/02/2013 3:51:06 PM PDT by Liberty Wins
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Bruce’s website has a wealth of information about LANGUAGE, CULTURE, and EDUCATION gathered from the universe (and some from the Web). Try it.

8 posted on 04/02/2013 4:17:06 PM PDT by Liberty Wins
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