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  • [Video] Education versus "Educators" -- (Tenth Anniversary)

    04/17/2019 5:18:29 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice
    YouTube ^ | 2009 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Vanity: Video, made 10 years ago, is still a good summary of what happened to our public schools. 3-1/2 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/user/BruceDeitrickPrice/videos
  • K-12: Listen To Me, You Rich Successful People In Your Mansions

    03/27/2019 6:05:13 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Jan 22, 2019 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I know, I know, you don’t want to think about all the bad public schools out there. Nothing to do with you, right?? Wrong. The effects are oozing through the society. You are in danger. Want safety? Here are three threats you have to overcome: 1) THE EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT CAN’T BE TRUSTED. Almost a century ago, they took a wrong turn, and went down a road marked SOCIAL ENGINEERING. The problem for everybody else is that these ideologues hope to wreck the society we’ve got, so they can build the collectivized world they dream about. (The honest term would be...
  • The K-12 Lobotomy

    03/21/2019 5:51:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 30 replies
    CanadaFreePress ^ | Dec. 30, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    (Summary: In many ways, public schools seem deliberately organized to diminish intellect, not to enlarge it.)An acquaintance sent this note: “My sister tells of teaching math to college freshmen. The question was: If X plus 5 = 10, what is the value of X? It took her an entire week to get the kids to finally say ‘5.’ So the following Monday, just on a hunch, she gave them another problem: If Y plus 5 = 10, what is the value of Y? And no one could answer!” Remember, these students have been admitted to a community college. Presumably, many...
  • Interview with Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators -- RIP

    02/18/2019 2:43:09 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 4 replies
    Education Views ^ | April 30, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    >>>>I've been told that Siegfried Englemann (born 1931) passed away. We lost one of our greats. Anything this man said, you can take it to the bank. I did this email interview two years ago and tried to cover his main interests:<<<<< Siegfried Engelmann is the real thing, an educator who loves to teach children and knows how to do it, both personally and in his books. As far back as the late 1960s, he told the Education Establishment: you’re doing it all wrong. Engelmann takes a scientific approach. He believes you formulate programs, test them, revise them, and keep...
  • K-12: Making The World Safe For Totalitarianism

    02/04/2019 7:21:26 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies
    Republic Standard ^ | Nov 10, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    --The Left Never Knows When To Stop-- It was a shock. Jay Leno went Jaywalking and revealed the startling fact that a lot of Americans didn’t know much history, geography or anything else. Who won the Civil War? What country is Mount Rushmore located in? People didn’t know and didn’t seem to care. Many thought that was the high watermark of dumb. What could be dumber than not knowing who won the Civil War? Jimmy Kimmel has astonished the nation by showing that America is even dumber than we worried it is. He sent a crew out to the streets...
  • K-12: Land of promises, promises

    01/28/2019 6:35:44 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    Renew America ^ | Jan 17, 2019 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    (More about reading): The biggest promises in K-12 involve reading and sight-words. Children are told: Learn your sight-words and you will be good readers! There is a strange tautology in sight-word instruction. When you learn to be a successful reader, you will be a successful reader. That's the weird boilerplate found throughout K-12. Suppose you tell a bunch of six-year-olds that tight-rope walking is easy. Put one foot in front of the other; don’t look down; smile confidently and walk. Children, you stress, cannot enjoy fun on the high wire until they have learned to walk comfortably on the high...
  • A Shocking Tour of K-12 Today

    01/17/2019 6:57:12 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 23 replies
    Education Views ^ | July 15, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Some of my articles generate lots of comments from angry parents who had to fight with an unresponsive school system year after year. People not familiar with how bad K-12 has become might find these comments both revealing and scary. They tell the truth about K-12, a truth-in-the-trenches you won’t find in our media. (Sad to say, our media seem to feel it’s their job to wrap academic decline in a protective silence. Shhhh, Don’t Disturb The Saboteurs!) Here are comments left on an article about reading: “I had the Sisters of Mercy. Everyone read at least at grade level...
  • It's time to think critically about critical thinking

    01/05/2019 12:34:03 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | Dec. 11, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The goal of education has always been to achieve critical thinking. Needless to say, this involves a two-step process: first, students learn a great deal about a topic, whether in history, science, art, or anything else; then students learn to arrange the information in new ways, to set one fact against another, to find new insights among this knowledge. Not anymore. Today's educators are in a hurry; they don't bother with the first step. They jump directly to step two. In this scenario, students who know nothing are expected to talk intelligently about it. What absurdity.Having just heard about X,...
  • K-12: Meet Sue Dickson, a hero of American literacy

    12/10/2018 4:23:07 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Dec. 2, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Sue Dickson is best known as the creator of Sing, Spell, Read, and Write, one of the most popular phonics programs. Now in her 80s, she is still active as ever, pushing phonics however possible, and refining a new approach. The ups-and-downs in her career tell us a lot about the sad state of American education. In her college’s pre-teacher program, she was taught nothing about phonics. Not only that, when she started to teach first-grade, her superiors constantly emphasized their verdict that phonics is useless and even dangerous. Sue Dickson recalls: “I was told that phonics doesn’t work, that...
  • K-12: The Politics of Illiteracy

    11/30/2018 3:25:13 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 26 replies
    Renew America ^ | November 1, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A real OMG moment occurred last week when the New York Times awoke from a long sleep and published the truth about reading. Yes, it’s true. The New York Times came right out and told the world that if you want children to learn to read, they need phonics. No ifs, ands, or buts. No weird digressions into context and balanced this-or-that. No claims that people can learn to read simply by picking up a good book and reading. The article is titled “Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?” Why, indeed? Here’s the gist of it: “First...
  • "Saving K-12" has an e-book version

    11/28/2018 12:38:47 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    Authorsden.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I had a surprise on Thanksgiving weekend. The e-book version of "Saving K-12" reached #5, for a few days, on Amazon in its education category. It's only $3, that may explain the jump. The paperback is $20. There's also a hardcover. The full title tells you the book's purpose: "Saving K-12 – What happened to our public schools? How do we fix them?” My theme is that we can't have much education reform unless the public is more aware of what games the Education Establishment is playing.For testimonials about the writer and info about the book, please see: www.Lit4u.com/saving-k-12/ -------------------------------------------...
  • K-12: Dear Abby, Here Are The Two Big Reasons Why Kids Lack Motivation

    11/10/2018 4:25:35 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 29, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A mother in Chicago wrote for help: “Dear Abby: All of my grown children are underachievers. When contemporaries talk about their children getting jobs, getting married, having kids, going on vacation, buying a house/car, I have nothing to contribute. My children do not have lives; they work low-paying jobs and scrape by. Worse, they have no ambition to do better.” Dear Abby responded with little insight: “Your children are adults. If they were motivated, they would be doing more with their lives than scraping by. Be glad they are independent and have good relationships with each other—it’s a plus, and...
  • K 12: Dumbing Down Is Not A Good Strategy

    11/01/2018 6:43:40 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    Republic Standard ^ | July 19, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Is there a law somewhere which requires that public schools must aim for mediocrity?Nobody denies that our toys, including games and robots, are smarter than ever. Meanwhile, everyone seems to agree that we humans are moving in the other direction: dumber and dumbest.The unanimity of opinion is rather shocking. You see on the Internet a lot of headlines like this: “Are we becoming more STUPID? IQ scores are decreasing — and some experts argue it's because humans have reached their intellectual peak.” As for why, there is a colorful variety of opinion. Some people blame pollution, diet, and/or environmental degradation....
  • "Educator Apologizes For Her Mistakes" -- ANIMATION

    10/20/2018 6:37:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept 5, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Older-but-wiser principal named Edwina Educator apologizes for dumb decisions she made when running a big public school. Only three-minutes long, this little video tells you everything you need to know about the public school system. Please share. ------------------------------------------------------------- I made it 6 years ago. The primary purpose was to test new video software called Xtranormal. You first type your script, then you can have characters move around and speak your words as you see in this video. Quite remarkable. Some of you would enjoy experimenting with it. Unfortunately Xtranormal, which was free, is dormant. Other options are now available but...
  • Public Schools: the Three Big Problems that We Must Fix

    10/15/2018 7:34:39 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 22 replies
    Republic Standard ^ | May 1, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Summary: One thing our public schools do well is undermine real education.... K-12 education is a big swirl of unnecessary problems and impasses. Millions of children are damaged by what seem to be ideological decisions. Our self-appointed experts, which I call the Education Establishment, appear unable to improve the schools. Worse, they don't seem to want to. Let’s identify the three main problems as the first step toward fixing them: First, our schools seem to become dumber by the year and probably by the month. Government statistics say that the majority of our students, in both fourth grade and eighth...
  • French Class As the Perfect Way to Teach Everything

    09/27/2018 6:36:00 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Sept 10, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    There is one constant throughout the past 100 years. Professors of education came up with ever more exotic schemes and nomenclatures for how education should be organized, even as these schemes confused students and destroyed achievement. Each scheme had a catchy name (Open Classroom, Life Adjustment, Multiculturalism, Constructivism, Common Core) and a phalanx of resistance-is-futile jargon. Somehow the proposals didn’t translate into gains. One might cynically conclude that the jargon was a goal in itself (to get a grant, to build a career, to impress ordinary citizens). You may even suspect that the larger purpose of all these schemes is...
  • K-12: An Insidious Inside Job

    09/08/2018 1:54:07 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 18, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Beware the traitor, we are finding out. History will probably record that high-ranking government officials tried to overturn the election of Donald Trump. History, I suspect, will use the word coup and will call these people traitors. This is unpleasant stuff but also clarifying. A small group of people, well organized and focused on the same goal, can overturn and destroy much larger organizations. John Dewey and his supporters, a century ago, did not think of themselves as traitors, nor would they use the word coup. But they organized themselves in exactly that fashion. A few hundred professors of education...
  • Socialism versus Education

    08/31/2018 4:03:53 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 17, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    "Socialism is essentially nihilistic." To understand the failures of public education, we have to understand the dreams of socialism. It had three main targets it hoped to destroy: family, religion, and private property. These three are the very foundation of civilization for thousands of years. How could you possibly destroy them? Through education, of course. Or perhaps “miseducation” is the proper word. Control education, and you can convince the masses that they no longer want what their parents and grandparents wanted so desperately. Educated people can reflect on what is being done to them. Ignorant people do not know enough...
  • K-12: Never Quiet on the Phonics Front

    08/14/2018 4:04:05 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 6, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [TEACH A CHILD TO READ THIS SUMMER. MORE INFO.] No less an authority than Robert Sweet, President of the National Right to Read Foundation (NRRF), said there are a dozen good phonics programs and which one doesn’t matter that much. This answer is reassuring; it furthers my resolve not to pretend I know which one is best. My goal is to make sure everyone understands why phonics is superior, and that phonics offers a lot of variety and creativity. Search Google or YouTube, you’ll find there is a mountain of good phonics material. One popular homeschooling site lists more than...
  • "My kid can't read. What should I do?"

    07/28/2018 5:06:38 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 153 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 18, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Subtitle: Fix reading and half of our education problems disappear--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 your child Is falling behind. You are...