Skip to comments.There Are Two Americas...And One Of Them Can't Read
Posted on 03/06/2011 11:45:45 AM PST by Nachum
Okay, folks, place your bets. Was it clueless incompetence on a cosmic scale? Or, was it John Deweys collectivist wet dream turned Clockwork Orange?
One of these ways or the other, we became a country with 50,000,000 functional illiterates, people who can't read a cereal box, never mind instructions on a pill bottle when that exact skill might save a life. Prisons are full of people who can't read. The country's schools wallow in mediocrity. All thanks to educational malfeasance, decade after decade.
Illiteracy_in_AmericaJ'accuse! J'accuse! The so-called experts in charge of reading are derelict and destructive. Please, remove these parasites from our weary carcass.
Reading was always something that kids learned, almost automatically, in the first few years of schools. Kids learn the alphabet, then A is for Apple, then the sounds of the letters, and soon everyone is reading.
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It cant add either.
My college-educated cousin went to jail for child support problems in a tussle with his ex-wife. He told me he was amazed that almost everyone in the jail was unable to read. This was in Iowa, the state with the highest literacy of all the 50 states! He said he tried to teach some of them as much as he could while there.
What America needs is a "Great Leap to the Past" which involves more self-reliance, less government intervention, lots of pain and suffering, and in the end makes this country more like it was 100 years ago.
Getting rid of government schools would be a good start.
50,000,000 illiterate adults in America.
Almost exclusively brought to you by the teachers’ unions, and the apathetic, crappy teachers the unions protect.
(Please don’t rant, I qualified the teachers the comment is referring to.)
“Okay, folks, place your bets. Was it clueless incompetence on a cosmic scale? Or, was it John Deweys collectivist wet dream turned Clockwork Orange? “
That’s easy. It’s Dewey’s fault.
He was one of the prime movers and shakers that wanted to move to universal gov’t schooling — not to improve the educational level of people in the country, but to indoctrinate children in how to be good citizens of gov’t. Back then the intelligentsia wanted a willing workforce to take factory jobs and make the robber barons rich and create more and more gov’t control over people’s lives. He visited the highly regimented Prussian school system and was in love with the prospect of bringing it to America. Two generations later his dream (our nightmare) has been realized.
It was his idea that this type of school system would eventually bring about ‘Social Utopia’.
The problem with gov’t schools is just that — they are gov’t schools. The current system does not line up with the ideals of a free country and can’t be fixed, it can only be replaced with something better.
“It is absurdly easy to teach a child to read with [phonics]. Most of the children in America could be taught to read in a few weeks or months at the age of five.”
It took me an average of 8 weeks for my kids to be able to read, all before age 4. But yes, you have to use phonics, and nothing else. In my case, I didn’t even use a program, I just wrote letters on a marker board and made the kids remember the sounds...then put the sounds together into words.
It is fast, easy, and practically free. The only reason 50,000,000 people cannot read is because we have people that simply don’t want them to read. That’s it.
They are too busy learning about Van Jones and social Indoctrination to learn about reading.
It was illegal to teach a slave to read because reading lead to knowledge and that lead to a desire for liberty.
That has not changed.
Can’t read, or won’t read? I’ve heard us described as “post-literate”. It seems to fit.
and an aside to umgud: Not polite, and probably racist to graphically imply that every young black man in the group fears responsibility and fatherhood. Is that your point, umgud? Are you a racist?
Was that baby Obama in Hawaii?
Cry me a river...
I can honestly say I have no memory of not being able to read. My parents figured out I could read when I was two and could read names on television without hearing them said.
“(Please dont rant, I qualified the teachers the comment is referring to.)”
Why?? As someone quite brilliantly put it, where were the teachers that supported the (Wisconsin) governor demonstrating?
No where - no where to be found. They seem to have no problem with the lunatics running the system - or else they would organize and SPEAK UP.
No, they do not...in fact, there probably are not that many, as they elect their unions leaders (in fair elections) and have yet to find a SINGLE UNION LEADER who gives a rats ass about whether kids are learning anything.
So, if they are any good teachers out there, they HAVE A DUTY TO BE HEARD. And if they don’t feel it’s worth the effort, then they are simply enablers.
Did you forget Horace Mann? I always wondered why there were so many schools with that name, then I looked him up. It’s the Prussian educational system.
The ability top read has nothing to do with intelligence. There are many assh0les with PhD’s who are educated and know a lot of wrong and useless garbage and theories and are just as stupid as the day they were born.
,” where were the teachers that supported the (Wisconsin) governor demonstrating? “
With no evidence to back this up, may I hypothesize??
Perhaps they were in their classrooms, doing their FREAKIN’ JOBS!!!!
True, but it’s brought on even more by:
-An anti-education attitude among those of a certain racial background who tend to live in larger urban areas
-An anti-education attitude among those of a lighter skinned racial background who stereotypically live in trailer parks
-Government social programs
_Did I mention fatherlessness?
I think this particular issue is tied expressly to ‘whole word’ vs. phonics teaching methods.