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  • The Common Core Movie: "Despicable Them"

    07/12/2014 5:33:35 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 3 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Okay, this is the day I do a favor for Universal Pixs. Here, free of charge, is a bold new concept for a cartoon action comedy. Not just a concept, mind you, but a high concept. That's what Hollywood loves. Okay here it is. You have this gang of no-goodniks who want to destroy the public schools in Typical Town, USA. Not just destroy the schools but get rich for doing it! Crime-wise, that's thinking big-big-big. In the opening scenes, we can clearly see that these are bad hombres with cold hearts. Their crooked grins suggest a lifetime of larceny...
  • ObamaCare and Common Core –- both are bad to the bone

    06/12/2014 3:07:50 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [summary: Socialists have the same answer for every problem: a huge new government program.] Medical insurance and public education might seem to be two different worlds with different problems. But the proposed solutions were essentially the same. Here are ten descriptions that apply equally to ObamaCare and Common Core: 1) HUGE FEDERAL POWER GRAB: The obvious result from both ObamaCare and Common Core is that Obama and his Czars get a bigger government to administer, more money to play with, more jobs for their loyal troops, and more control over people’s lives. 2) NOT RESPONSES TO POPULAR DEMAND. ObamaCare and...
  • Oklahoma Makes Huge Decision on Common Core

    06/06/2014 2:50:47 AM PDT · by kingattax · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jun. 5, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill to repeal Common Core standards in the state on Thursday, saying Oklahomans are “capable of developing our own academic standards that will be better than Common Core.” The state is now clear to formulate new English and math standards specifically tailored for Oklahoma students. “Now is the time for Oklahomans – parents, citizens, educators, employers and elected officials – to unite behind the common goal of improving our schools. That begins with doing the hard work of building new, more rigorous Oklahoma standards,” Fallin said
  • Excellent 100-page summary of the case against Common Core

    05/08/2014 2:53:45 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    Amazon.com book review ^ | May 8, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Defeating Common Core is a great way to defeat Obama and indeed the whole Leftist agenda.] Brad McQueen, a school teacher in Arizona, was sufficiently well-behaved to be invited to work on the Common Core assessments in Chicago. That’s how he came to know the beast from the inside. Little by little, he heard parents complaining about the burden of Common Core, the irrational homework, the frustration of the kids, the pathetic fact that children were not learning more math but less math. He saw that the main opposition to Common Core was coming from ordinary parents, especially the mothers....
  • 'I Did My Best,' Says Student Who Flubbed 'Wheel of Fortune' [messed up 3 different puzzles]

    04/14/2014 1:29:36 PM PDT · by grundle · 79 replies
    video at link: http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/did-best-says-student-flubbed-wheel-fortune-113115717--abc-news-tv.html?vp=1
  • Post script? Parents, lawmakers fear cursive becoming lost art

    03/15/2014 10:41:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 14, 2014 | Cristina Corbin
    Kids can text on tiny keyboards, convey their thoughts in 140 characters or less and use numbers for prepositions, but some states fear they soon may not be able to sign their own names. In this digital age of Internet acronyms, like “LOL,” and emoticons, Tennessee is the latest state pressing for legislation that mandates students learn cursive writing in school. Lawmakers in the state are pushing for passage of House Bill 1697, which would require all public school students to learn how to read and write in cursive, preferably by the third grade. The bill, authored by state Republican...
  • They Just Announced Major Changes to the SAT…and There’s a Tie to Common Core

    03/05/2014 12:48:19 PM PST · by edcoil · 55 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3-4-2014 | Dave Urbanski
    The SAT college entrance exam will no longer require a written essay or penalize students for wrong answers, part of a major overhaul announced Wednesday.
  • Why Can’t College Students Write Anymore?

    02/21/2014 5:24:09 PM PST · by Zeneta · 186 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | February 21, 2014 | Azadeh Aalai, Ph.D
    Why Can’t College Students Write Anymore? Is it just me, or are student competencies like basic writing skills in serious peril today? Granted, I am about a decade in to my teaching career, but even within this fairly short span, I have noticed a startling decline in the quality of written work turned in by my students, regardless of which institution (community college, private, four year school) the papers are coming from. It’s not just that students aren’t demonstrating critical thinking skills in their writing, basic competencies like proper syntax, spelling, and even proper structure like paragraph indentation and how...
  • NYC School Cuts Gifted Program for "Lack of Diversity"

    02/01/2014 5:09:20 PM PST · by grundle · 50 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Jan 31, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    Another case of political correctness gone awry: a school in Brooklyn has decided to scrap its gifted and talented program after accusations that the program was not "diverse" enough. Citing a lack of diversity, PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald informed parents in a letter that the Students of Academic Rigor and two other in-house programs would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners. “Our Kindergarten classes will be heterogeneously grouped to reflect the diversity of our student body and the community we live in,” McDonald told parents in a letter posted on the photo-sharing site flickr and obtained by Ditmas...
  • Lowering the Bar: New Mexico Proposes Relaxed Standards for High School Grads

    01/12/2014 2:02:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jan 12, 2014 11:58 AM
    New Mexico lawmakers want to lower the bar for high school graduates. The state already has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country. The new plan establishes two kinds of diplomas—the current diploma of “excellence,” and a “general” one. …
  • Education’s New Gettysburg Address

    12/21/2013 4:27:57 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies
    edfrontier.Blogspot.com ^ | Dec, 21, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Four score and seven years ago our progressives brought forth in this country a new notion, conceived in socialism, and dedicated to the proposition that all students must be created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil debate, testing rather that notion, or any notion so arbitrary and totalitarian, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that debate. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for the ideologues who here told lies that this infamous notion might live. It is altogether fitting and propitious that we...
  • Education: Let down by our leaders

    11/30/2013 12:38:55 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies
    Rightsidenews.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Summary: The country’s traditional leaders, the movers and shakers as they were called, have abandoned us to an alien presence: our own Education Establishment.]--- Many Americans feel abandoned, first, by the people officially in charge of education: National Education Association, Department of Education, National Council of Teachers of Math, National Council of Teachers of English, the Common Core Consortium, and another 20 groups with pretentious names and sly agendas. These groups have plotted, many suspect, to dumb down our public schools. Parents have to grapple with the thought that our Education Establishment has deliberately devised reading methods (Whole Word) that...
  • Public education is a Rube Goldberg contraption

    11/25/2013 2:51:11 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    Educationimproved blog ^ | November 18, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A new book, “The Art of Rube Goldberg,” has just been published. Even though Goldberg died four decades ago, his name and fame are as great as ever. His comic genius was to show simple things made immensely complicated. This image of a nuclear bomb to kill a fly, as it were, perfectly captures a lot of the evils in our modern world. Things are over-designed, over-legislated, over-regulated, over-dictated, over-everything. Except successful. Which brings us by perfect segue to our public schools. People are always saying we don’t spend enough money. Probably we’re spending twice as much as we need...
  • Is your child suffering from schoolitis??

    10/31/2013 6:21:18 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | Oct. 3, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Observe your child carefully. Does he have trouble reading even simple materials? Does he struggle with elementary arithmetic? Does your child seem to be learning very little basic knowledge? Is your child anxious and unhappy? Is he reluctant to go to school, to the point where he seems to be sick a lot? 0h oh, your child has it bad. Schoolitis. Remember that excitement and optimism when you child first went off to school. Everyone just assumed that children can quickly learn to read, write, and the rest. Then, one by one, the lights went out. Children are designed to...
  • THE INCREDIBLY DEPRESSING ANSWERS COLLEGE STUDENTS GAVE WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST

    10/18/2013 5:21:46 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 196 replies
    A Pennsylvania woman set out with a video camera to learn what college students in her state know about the Holocaust — and discovered an incredible lack of knowledge not only of the genocide of the Jews, but of basic facts about U.S. history and World War II. Rhonda Fink-Whitman visited college campuses in Pennsylvania this fall, including the venerated Ivy League institution the University of Pennsylvania, where she was repeatedly faced with a remarkable ignorance about events that took place in the last century. Students didn’t know where Normandy was, why U.S. forces landed there, why the U.S. even...
  • Students Sign Petition to Legalize 4th Trimester Abortion

    10/16/2013 10:32:10 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | MRCTVdotOrg
    Petition to legalize 4TH TRIMESTER abortions.
  • The Twenty-First Century “Ineptocracy” of America (being ruled by the inept)

    10/15/2013 8:38:02 AM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    capitalismmagazine ^ | 2012.06.18 | Michael J Hurd
    When you place power in the hands of inept idiots, then you foster the rule of “ineptocracy.” You give power to the least capable and the least deserving. In the process, you may wonder why there is less and less in society to admire and enjoy. It’s because the idiots given the power they never deserved are not capable of producing anything. I ran across a t-shirt that says everything about the state of our country today: Ineptocracy: A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members...
  • The K-12 Lobotomy

    10/03/2013 6:59:38 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies
    Right Side news ^ | August 29, 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,...
  • America, You've Been Punked

    09/26/2013 1:23:55 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 53 replies
    Right side news ^ | September 13, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Reading Wars were always chaotic and confusing. Here’s the gist: ----On the one side, you had earnest, sincere people warning the country about the dangers of non-phonetic approaches (these were called Look-say, Whole Word, sight-words, and other jargon). The warning was always the same. Nobody can learn to read that way. It’s a hoax. Don’t do it! You’re being punked. On the other side, you had patronizing professors of education saying the exact opposite. Phonics is old-fashioned. Dull and dreary. We’ve got the fun new way to learn to read. Kids think of words as graphic designs and memorize...
  • Justice Department bids to trap poor, black children in ineffective schools

    09/04/2013 4:58:51 PM PDT · by grundle · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 1, 2013
    NINE OF 10 Louisiana children who receive vouchers to attend private schools are black. All are poor and, if not for the state assistance, would be consigned to low-performing or failing schools with little chance of learning the skills they will need to succeed as adults. So it’s bewildering, if not downright perverse, for the Obama administration to use the banner of civil rights to bring a misguided suit that would block these disadvantaged students from getting the better educational opportunities they are due. The Justice Department has petitioned a U.S. District Courtto bar Louisiana from awarding vouchers for the...
  • 9-Year Old ‘Top Reader’ Told By Library to Step Aside And Let Other Kids Win

    08/31/2013 12:37:15 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 30 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/30/13 | Jeffrey Meyer
    “If you’re not first, you’re last,” the popular phrase by character Ricky Bobby in the film “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” is being changed to “If you’re first too much, we will make you last” in some parts of the country. Over the past few years, adults are punishing children for succeeding in the supposed name of fairness so that losing kids are being propped up as “winners.” Take for example 9-year old Hudson Falls, NY resident Tyler Weaver who read 63 books this summer to win the title of top reader of the Hudson Falls Library reading...
  • War on Children? Unfortunately, yes.

    08/22/2013 1:02:35 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 6 replies
    blogspot.com ^ | August 21, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    There is so much talk in the newspapers, especially here in Virginia, about a War on Women. The Democrats have been very clever about turning Sandra Fluke's sex life into a so-called War on Women. It's not just that Democrats took something and made it into a lot more. It's that there is a much more serious war going on in America. And the phrase "War on Women" suggested the obvious parallel phrase "War on Children." At first, this phrase was a shock and almost painful to think. But everything that I've figured out about our public schools is very...
  • Obama math: under new Common Core, 3 x 4 = 11 [VIDEO] [public schools]

    08/18/2013 9:28:41 AM PDT · by grundle · 75 replies
    yahoo ^ | August 18, 2013
    Quick: what’s 3 x 4? If you said 11 — or, hell, if you said 7, pi, or infinity squared — that’s just fine under the Common Core, the new national curriculum that the Obama administration will impose on American public school students this fall. In a pretty amazing YouTube video, Amanda August, a curriculum coordinator in a suburb of Chicago called Grayslake, explains that getting the right answer in math just doesn’t matter as long as kids can explain the necessarily faulty reasoning they used to get to that wrong answer. “Even if they said, ’3 x 4 was...
  • Broken Promises: what Head Start should have been but wasn’t

    07/11/2013 1:27:51 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 22 replies
    RightSideNews ^ | June 14, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Summary: Head Start was launched more than 45 years ago. Much was promised, little delivered. This failure tells us a lot about our Education Establishment. ------ This is the story of an intentionally wasted opportunity. People thought Head Start meant jump start. Surely the idea was to take children from disadvantaged backgrounds and fill their heads with all the information that middle and upper-class kids learn around the house. These poor and minority kids would then be up to speed. Quickly. That’s the jump start everybody imagined was being proposed here. But that is not what the program did. Head...
  • 4th of July Meditation: Why Socialists Hurt Education

    07/04/2013 11:32:17 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies
    http://edfrontier.blogspot.com ^ | July 3, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    One bizarre aspect of any discussion about public education is that everybody tiptoes around the real reason why the schools are mediocre. We spend billions of dollars. Millions of people work in this area. The whole country embraces public education. So why do we have low literacy rates, widespread ignorance among ordinary citizens about simple things, etc., etc.?? The people in charge can’t be trying to do a good job. Put another way, whatever it is these people mean by “education” is not what most parents want for their kids. John Dewey and everybody else in charge of public education...
  • Public Schools are Occupied Territory

    06/19/2013 1:17:50 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies
    Education Improved blog ^ | June 19, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    It's sad to say but seems entirely true: nothing good comes from our Education Establishment. They are all socialists or perhaps fascists. They never think in terms of "let's teach lots of wonderful stuff to kids of all ages." They think only in terms of diluting content. Here is their apparent plan: teach less and teach it badly so kids will dislike the subject forever. (Reform Math proves that point.) Americans really ought to think of their public schools as occupied territory, like France in 1943. We need more Resistance. Killing Common Core is a good start. People are always...
  • 16 ways you know you went to a crappy public school

    06/14/2013 4:52:35 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 33 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | June 7, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    How many stars on the American flag? You’re guessing “a lot.” Can dolphins communicate? You think, of course they can. They’re a footbal team, they have to communicate. The three states of water? You guess Oregon, for sure, because it’s rainy there. Gravity? You wonder what’s the big deal about gravity? If something is heavy, it’ll fall. A camel can walk a long way without what? A map? The language Shakespeare wrote in? You’re thinking French? Maybe Shakesperean. When multiplying 6 x 7, you need a calculator. But you can’t think of any good reasons for doing this. A rolling...
  • Why “align” is malign

    05/17/2013 10:16:06 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 3 replies
    rightsidenews.com ^ | April 9, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Once upon a time, a teacher would teach American History. On exams, students would be asked questions about American history. Testing was straightforward and needed little discussion. In the modern era, however, content is disparaged and facts are scorned. The goal, seemingly, is to keep kids busy but to teach as little as possible. The big problem is, how do you design exams when the teacher hasn’t taught much, the kids don’t know much, and there is little actual knowledge that the school intends the children to retain? In this fact-free world, what would a valid examination look like? At...
  • Bill Gates is too trusting

    04/18/2013 4:40:06 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 10, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A few years ago, Bill Gates, with his business success, super brain, and billion-dollar checkbook, jumped into education. We expected spectacular results. In fact, Gates had the same effect on our public education system that everyone else has had. Not much. Gates announced that small schools were the key. He spent millions persuading school districts to divide their big schools. Didn’t help. Next he seemed all over the board: new assessments; better teachers; more tracking of data, Common Core Curriculum. Maybe I’m missing something but I’m pretty sure that Bill Gates did not have any spectacular success in education. I...
  • Dyslexia: deception and despair

    03/22/2013 10:30:58 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 24 replies
    educationimproved.blogspot.com/ ^ | March 21, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Education Establishment continues a weird charade. They maintain that dyslexia is entirely caused by inborn genetic problems. On the other hand, phonics experts have always found that if you teach children to read with sight-words, the children will get dyslexia. If you change the pedagogy from sight-words to phonics, the children will usually recover. Isn’t that fairly clear-cut? Just recently on Edutopia a self-appointed expert left a perfect statement of the Party Line, which inspired an article on Examiner. (link below) The expert’s key assertion is this: dyslexia “is not the result of ‘sight words’ or anything other than...
  • Education: The quacks are winning. Everyone else is losing.

    03/15/2013 1:41:01 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies
    rightsidenews.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Philosophers always say, define your terms. So what is a quack? Quacks are people who treat any one idea (it may be a bad idea or a good idea) as if it is the entire world. Excess is the problem. A lack of proportion is what makes someone a quack, and what makes quacks a menace. There are poisons which, used in tiny doses, can be beneficial. It’s the dose that makes the poison. Quacks would not understand that. If a few drops are good, they would say, let’s make everyone swim in the stuff. Quackery lies in treating some...
  • Why Are American Voters So Uninformed?

    02/02/2013 7:16:07 AM PST · by Mozilla · 36 replies
    .zerohedge ^ | January 29, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    The sad fact is that it appears completely rational to be ignorant about politics. The cost of being an 'informed' voter - as opposed to a bigotted closed-minded ignoramus - is high, from the time spent following (and interpreting) the news in the paper, online, and on the television. As the following clip notes, "becoming an informed voter is competing with a lot of other needs in your life," from American Idol watching to eating Cheetos in the bath. Of course, the sad truth is that it has never been more important to be 'informed' and so the 'bread-and-circuses' will...
  • Education Establishment conceals sad reality when reporting test scores

    05/18/2012 3:43:25 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 4 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | May 18, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    “Virginia eighth-graders show improved science ability,” according to a recent article in the Virginian-Pilot. “Virginia students outperform their peers nationwide in science.” Sounds good. But the article then says, “Only 40% show a solid grasp of the subject.” So 60% are not learning much science. Indeed, only 2% score at an advanced level. Note the pattern here, the mix of good news and bad news so that no clear message comes through. The story basically claims: students have improved but most don’t know much. How are we supposed to react to that? And what is “a solid grasp of the...
  • 53’ States? Video of Teens Failing Miserably at a Civics Quiz Is So Depressing It’s Funny

    02/03/2012 2:46:16 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 26 replies
    Lunch Scholars Video Shows Students Cant Answer History Questions Did you know that “bin Laden” is the vice president of the United States, or that the Civil War led to America’s independence? How about that Canada’s a state? Well, that’s what some local students at (what appears to be) a Washington state high school think. In a video that’s probably a few hours from going viral, a young man decided to question classmates for a video called “Lunch Scholars.” It is anything but scholarly. HuffPo explains: Austin, an intrepid young student-reporter, embarks on the noble mission of answering the question,...
  • Fake Reading Theory is the Slave Trade of Our Era

    12/16/2011 4:49:36 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 74 replies · 1+ views
    RightSideNews.com ^ | Dec. 13, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Fake reading theory is the slave trade of our era. Conscience demands that it be opposed. A hundred books, perhaps two hundred, have been written on the reading wars. Finally those millions of words come down to a few dozen. English is a phonetic language and must be learned phonetically. Whole Word, the opposing theory, is a mirage, without merit. The great sophistry of the 20th century was to create the illusion that Whole Word could actually work or, one step lower, that there was a legitimate choice between the two approaches to reading, as there is between fahrenheit and...
  • Nation’s Reading Crisis Continues! Most Kids Functionally Illiterate!

    11/07/2011 2:52:03 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 22 replies
    Proskore.com ^ | Nov. 4, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    (SUMMARY: New test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress reveal that two-thirds of American kids are effectively illiterate. Two-thirds! New policies--and new experts--are needed.) -------------- The new National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) figures show that only 35% of our younger students are "proficient" in reading, and only slightly more are "proficient" in math. That word suggests a low standard. In any case, these statistics are screaming the real news: roughly TWO-THIRDS of American 10-year olds are effectively illiterate; and they can't do much in math either. It’s the same story with 14-year-olds. (NAEP tests only fourth-graders and...
  • "The first thing we do, let's fire all the curriculum directors.''

    08/30/2011 4:06:54 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 54 replies
    Aug. 30, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Subtitle: Behind The Scenes At Your Local Public School Here are a few quotes about education that reveal a lot. Edutopia, a huge site financed by George Lucas, consists of hundreds of discussion groups. One such group focused on “authentic assessment.” A principal raved about a School of the Future in Manhattan. Needless to say, this school was doing all the latest things. Not convinced, I posted this challenge: “This seems very vacuous to me. What if anything do these kids know? It mainly seems to be administrators and planners bragging, as if by calling something authentic it automatically becomes...
  • The Miseducation of America

    02/16/2011 6:39:50 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 2/16/2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    The last two years have been another reminder that education is not equivalent to competence, intelligence or experience, let alone wisdom, as an administration of people who have hardly held actual jobs outside of academia have proven that they are very good at assigning blame and conducting internal rivalries, and absolutely terrible at everything else. William F. Buckley famous opined that he would "sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University". We have spent the last two...
  • Government high school test may be eliminated

    01/26/2011 11:54:43 AM PST · by La Lydia · 5 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 26, 2010 | Liz Bowie
    An American government exam taken by all high school students in Maryland would be eliminated next year under the proposed state budget, a surprising shift in policy that comes just three years after the test was made a graduation requirement. Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal cuts $1.9 million from the Maryland State Department of Education budget that would pay for the test and its grading. However, the legislature could still restore the test if it found the funding. Some educators expressed immediate concern that social studies would get less attention in high schools if the test is eliminated. "I don't understand...
  • Memo to: PENTAGON / Subject: EDUCATION...or: WHY ARE SO FEW KIDS FIT FOR SERVICE???

    12/04/2010 5:01:00 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 26 replies
    rantrave.com ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Recently, a retired general wrote an article in the local paper that started this way: "Is our troubled educational system posing a threat to our national security? The Defense Department estimates that a shocking 75 percent of young Americans are not able to join the military --and one of the leading reasons is poor education." His solution was that everyone should support the new Core Standards proposed by the Education Establishment. But isn't it obvious that these are the same people responsible, in the first place, for rendering the majority of young Americans educationally unfit for military service? Why would...
  • Obama: A Christian by Choice?

    11/09/2010 1:07:31 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 49 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | PastorRudy
    ...According to the Associated Press the president "described himself as a "Christian by choice" who arrived at his faith in adulthood because "the precepts of Jesus Christ" helped him envision the kind of life he wanted to lead." Some conservatives and political opponents have questioned Obama's Christian faith... "my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn't raise me in the church" "So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want...
  • 3 dozen Dallas County deputy constables hired despite troubling job histories

    09/19/2010 10:31:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | 19 Sept 2010 | ED TIMMS and KEVIN KRAUSE
    Rene Lozano Jr. once lost control of his patrol car while chasing a traffic violator. The vehicle slammed into a utility pole, fatally injuring a rookie officer riding with him. A bullet narrowly missed another officer's head when Lozano's pistol accidentally discharged. He was the passenger in a stolen Mercedes-Benz driven by a friend. The bolt cutters used to steal the car were stashed under the seat. And he once was fired for making false statements about his arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated, a case that ultimately was dismissed because the arresting officer was unable to testify. That...
  • American Public Schools, the Khmer Rouge, and Ideology

    09/10/2010 1:11:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 3 replies
    Rantrave.com ^ | July 27, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Starting in 1975, Pol Pot and his Communist revolutionaries killed almost 2,000,000 Cambodians, out of a total population of 5,000,000. Why?? Pol Pot lived in Paris for many years where he became a Marxist intellectual. Sitting in classrooms and cafes, he visualized the perfect Cambodia. He went back to Cambodia to eliminate foreign influences, purge educated people, and thereby create an agrarian workers paradise. Pol Pot was a fanatic, a true believer. The best one-word summary is to say that Pol Pot was an ideologue. He had ideas in his head; he knew they were right; and he was thereby...
  • Intellectual Espionage

    09/02/2010 5:43:28 PM PDT · by AuntB · 37 replies
    The Odysseus group - John Taylor Gatto ^ | Aug. 2010 | John Tayor Gatto
    At the start of WWII millions of men showed up at registration offices to take low-level academic tests before being inducted.1 The years of maximum mobilization were 1942 to1944; the fighting force had been mostly schooled in the 1930s, both those inducted and those turned away. Of the 18 million men were tested, 17,280,000 of them were judged to have the minimum competence in reading required to be a soldier, a 96 percent literacy rate. Although this was a 2 percent fall-off from the 98 percent rate among voluntary military applicants ten years earlier, the dip was so small it...
  • Who Is John Dewey????

    07/20/2010 12:24:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies · 3+ views
    Improve-Education.org ^ | Feb., 2008 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Our Education Establishment tends to describe John Dewey as The Greatest Human Who Ever Lived. I've taken to calling him America's Favorite Quack. Truth is, when the Far-Left finds somebody saying what they want said, they will praise that somebody to the skies. Thus, the apotheosis of John Dewey. An essay called "Phooey on John Dewey" provides some perspective:======= "First off, let it be stated that John Dewey was a phenomenally brainy and productive guy. During a long life, he wrote more articles and books than you could read in a year. Indeed, he wrote so much on so many...
  • A New Thought on Contructivism

    06/14/2010 4:44:27 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies · 131+ views
    Improve-Education.org ^ | 2009 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Okay, it took me 3 years but here's what I finally figured out. Not only is Constructivism a mostly useless gimmick but it hurts younger, less educated, and poorer kids the most. Here's a short new article that explains why:------------ "Constructivism versus Minorities and the Poor.... Constructivism is the latest fad burning through American public schools. Here’s a quick definition: children are supposed to invent their own new versions of all knowledge, while teachers (now called facilitators) are supposed to stand back and encourage the process. I’ve been writing for some years about how unrealistic and time-consuming this approach is....
  • "The Best Public School Is Television"

    05/21/2010 12:17:05 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies · 343+ views
    AmericanChronicle.com ^ | May 5, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Summary: The Education Commissars have long used TV as a whipping boy, an all-purpose excuse for their own incompetence. Consider the irony. More and more, television is the country's real educator. Public schools get dumber. But the History Channel, etc. know how to teach, and they want to teach. Who could have predicted it? Television rescues us from our Education Establishment! Of course, the point of mentioning this is to shame these fairly shameless people into doing a better job.
  • A Short Report on How American Public Schools Became Doomed

    05/13/2010 12:08:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies · 553+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | May12, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    "Years ago I wrote a sci-fi story in which disease wiped out the thousands of people living in a huge space station. All the technology continued on autopilot; sensors, missiles, and robots perfectly defended the space station. Humans approaching the station were attacked as enemy invaders.  The station became a type of doomsday machine. All the inhabitants had been killed. New arrivals would be killed. I certainly wasn’t thinking about our public schools at that time but now I see a creepy similarity between what happened to that space station and what happened to this country’s Education Establishment. Both are...
  • Blumenfeld Book Is Best Way to Understand Crisis in Education

    05/07/2010 10:06:15 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies · 313+ views
    Amazon Book Review ^ | May 5, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Samuel Blumenfeld is one of the country's few great educators. His book of essays explains just about every aspect of our problems. Highly recommended. ---------------------------------------- "Concerned About Education? Read this! (Review is for "The Victims of Dick and Jane"): --------------- I urge everyone to read at least one book by Samuel Blumenfeld; and this may be the best place to start. There are 18 essays, mostly written in the 1980s and 1990s. You can read them in any order. You will find that this book is an excellent guide to the treacheries and nonsense everywhere evident in education. Blumenfeld is...
  • The Crime of the Century: Creating 50,000,000 Functional Illiterates

    04/29/2010 12:47:37 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 48 replies · 786+ views
    YouTube.com ^ | July 10, 2009 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    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 don’t work. Here’s 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...