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  • K-12: Warped by Ideology

    09/02/2016 12:06:35 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies
    religion.rantrave,.com ^ | May 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Americans are continually told that problems in our public schools are due to a shortage of money, parents aren't concerned, children are lazy, there are simply too many obstacles to overcome. Some people say we don't know how to do it yet. We're supposed to believe that after all these centuries of educating children, there is still some secret gimmick we must discover. Another group of people talk about the lack of infrastructure as if we don't have enough classrooms, books, and buildings. We have all of those things, probably more than enough. Other people talk about testing as if...
  • The K-12 Joke: “The Heck You Can’t”

    07/23/2016 2:38:19 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies ^ | July 6, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    It's a joke widely told. This guy goes into a hotel restaurant and instructs the waitress: "Please bring me one tiny glass of frozen orange juice diluted until you can see through it. Two cold and burned pieces of toast. One infinitesimal and frozen pat of butter. Scrambled eggs that look like they were cooked the day before yesterday. And one piece of bacon cooked so long that, when you try to cut it, it splits into 37 different pieces." "Hey, what is this?" the waitress complains. "We can't make you a breakfast like that." "The heck you can't," says...
  • Public Schools Are Threat To National Security

    07/02/2016 1:06:17 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 40 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 13, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Judging by columns that appear occasionally in our newspapers, the Defense Department is not happy with the quality of students coming out of our K-12 system. The young are not in good physical shape; they don't have constructive personal values; and they are uninformed about history and the world. In short, they are badly educated and often unfit for service in the military. The problem, according to one advocacy group, is that "more than 70 percent of 17- to 24-year olds in the U.S. cannot serve in the military, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight, or have...
  • Is Donald Dumbing It Down for the Trumpsters?

    03/01/2016 10:17:23 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 249 replies
    Rush ^ | Feb 29, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh/Caller
    RUSH: Here's Sally in Columbus. She's been waiting awhile. I appreciate that. And how are you? CALLER: Fine. How are you, Rush? RUSH: Very well. Thank you very much. CALLER: Thanks for taking my call. Just as a... You know, you have always led us conservatives through some pretty dark times. And there were few places to turn. You never let us down. You always gave us perspective and truth. So I just kind of wanted to say that. But to get to my point, you know, last week you were discussing Trump and the way he talked about "we...
  • Saving K-12 education in 2016

    01/01/2016 11:56:25 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies ^ | Jan 1, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Sort of a New Year's resolution... For many years I've focused on education reform; that work will continue. I have more than 400 articles on the Internet and over 3,000,000 views/visits on YouTube and various sites [e.g. FreeRepublic]. To find education articles and videos, simply enter your interest in Google with the name Bruce Deitrick Price. It's an easy way to find a lot of material quickly. You can assume this material is intelligent, practical, lucid, conservative, and intended to help every student advance as far as possible. During 2015, I was constantly struck by two main trends we need...
  • Steve Jobs vs the Education Establishment

    11/28/2015 3:06:47 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 7 replies ^ | Oct. 18, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer, was arguably more intelligent and capable than 99.9% of the population. In a 1980 interview Jobs gave his vision for education: 'I am a very big believer in equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcome….Equal opportunity to me more than anything means a great education….Maybe even more important than a great family life…It pains me because we do know how to provide a great education. We really do. If we got our act together, we could make sure that every young child in this country got a great education. But we fall far short...
  • The Purpose of Public Schools

    09/26/2015 3:27:13 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 31 replies ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The traditional view is simply stated: the purpose of public education is to take each child as far as each child can be taken. Who can disagree with that? If a school is aiming for less, that school would seem to me to be guilty of malpractice or false advertising. Doesn’t the word “education” imply a striving for excellence? At the end of each school year, children are presumed to know more than at the start. Isn’t that a reasonable presumption? Somewhat bizarrely, given what’s going on in our public schools, the Education Establishment might claim they agree. Oh yes,...
  • George Washington University drops SAT, ACT requirement

    07/28/2015 7:42:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 28, 2015 10:34 AM EDT
    George Washington University will no longer require that students submit their ACT or SAT scores for most freshman admissions. Dean of Admissions Karen Stroud Felton said in a statement Monday that university administrators were concerned that below-average test scores were leading some otherwise strong students to not apply. […] School officials say testing will still be required for home-schooled applicants, students from high schools that provide only narrative evaluation of students, college athletes and those applying for a seven-year program that leads to a combined bachelor’s/medical degree. …
  • Education: "The saddest thing in life is wasted talent." (from A Bronx Tale)

    05/02/2015 2:43:14 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 6 replies ^ | March 16, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When you talk about wasted talent, people immediately think of an individual wasting his or her talent. It’s always a sad story but an individual story. A person makes bad decisions. Little by little that person is on a road where he will not be able to develop his talents to the fullest. But what about a society where children have their talents wasted for them? Not by a lobotomy or by drugs. No, their talents are squandered by systematic planning and careful effort. The technical name for this is social engineering. A more popular name is “deliberate dumbing down.”...
  • 4th Grader Destroys Common Core By Asking School Board One Question

    04/13/2015 11:13:49 AM PDT · by walford · 107 replies
    Mad World News ^ | March 29, 2015 | Dom the Conservative
    Sydney Smoot might look like your average 4th grade girl, but she has taken such a bold stand against Common Core that she received a standing ovation from adults at least three times her age. The spunky student from Brooksville Elementary in Florida could barely reach the podium when she stood before the Hernando County School Board this month, but her presence could not have been clearer.Immediately addressing school officials, little Sydney never muddled her words as she described the dangerous impact that state standardized testing is having on students. “This testing looks at me as a number. One...
  • Arkansas Mom Exposes Common Core For The Nightmare It Is

    03/14/2015 5:07:07 PM PDT · by kindred · 70 replies ^ | 03/10/2015 | Tom Hinchey
    Karen Lamoreaux addressed the Arkansas Board of Education in December 2013 to discuss the negative effects of Common Core on the local students. Mrs. Lamoreaux said that she represented more than 1,100 parents, educators, and taxpayers of Arkansas “who have very serious reservations about the Common Core initiative.” The mother of three children accused the board of falling for the same empty sales pitch that Common Core would be a “set of rigorous, college-ready internationally bench-marked standards that prepare our kids to compete in a global economy.” Mrs. Lamoreaux instructed the members of the school board to participate in a...
  • Education: the Silence of the Shepherds

    03/07/2015 1:35:52 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In her book “Credentialed to Destroy,” Robin Eubanks concludes: “In tracking both the reading wars and the math wars, it became undeniably clear that there was a consistent conscious pattern to reject what had been proven to work well for most students.” I would add, not just in reading and math but in ALL academic subjects. Apparently, our Education Establishment won’t rest until they have achieved total mediocrity, all the while pretending they have given us higher standards. Do you need Thomas Paine to tell you there is a “Crisis”? Do you need a weatherman to say which way the...
  • Education’s Intellectual Machinery Is Broken

    01/17/2015 3:35:42 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov. 9, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Summary: To save public schools, we have to fix the underlying sophistries and fallacies.] ---- When we contemplate public schools, two things are certain. Almost everyone agrees that the schools are not as good as they should be, given the huge effort and expenditure. Second, everyone has a theory. You can hardly read a newspaper without some expert telling you yet another reason why the public schools are a mess. Much blame is heaped on parents. Other culprits include popular culture, the Internet, teachers, the students themselves, and of course, the perennial favorite, not enough money. We are often told,...
  • Test Finds [39% of] College Graduates Lack Skills for White-Collar Jobs

    01/17/2015 6:24:17 AM PST · by grundle · 103 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | January 16, 2014 | Douglas Belkin
    Four in 10 U.S. college students graduate without the complex reasoning skills to manage white-collar work, according to the results of a test of nearly 32,000 students. The test, which was administered at 169 colleges and universities in 2013 and 2014 and released Thursday, reveals broad variation in the intellectual development of the nation’s students depending on the type and even location of the school they attend. ... many still graduate without the ability to read a scatterplot, construct a cohesive argument or identify a logical fallacy. The exam, known as the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus, measures the intellectual gains...
  • Nervous about education? You should be!!

    01/05/2015 3:47:55 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies ^ | October 8, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Are you fidgety, wringing your hands, can’t sleep at night? That’s completely to be expected. If you have heart palpitations, rapid breathing, pain in your chest, do not be surprised. Anyone who pays attention to the nightmare we inhabit could not react in any other way. We have students going off to college who can’t tell you what 7×8 is. They can’t find Alaska on a map of the world. They don’t attach any meaning to the phrase “Nice play, Shakespeare.” That’s not even conceivable. If you’re alive at all, you necessarily have ulcers, indigestion, heartburn, and acid reflux. Those...
  • Why are Americans so stunningly ignorant?

    12/05/2014 11:59:46 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 148 replies ^ | 11 Nov., 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A history professor, writing in VEER (an arts and culture magazine published in Norfolk, Virginia), tells a startling anecdote: “A couple of years back, a student came to me for a conference, late in the semester, and asked, ‘Which came first, the Civil War or the Revolutionary War?’ Never mind that we had spent a week on both, and that he had been in attendance (physically, at any rate), for all of those sessions.” Note that the professor and the student seem equally unashamed. This is not a homeless man with a drug problem. This is an adult student taking...
  • Who is the real public enemy, Ray Rice or David Coleman?

    11/29/2014 5:06:26 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 3 replies
    Right Side news ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Summary; Ray Rice made a mess of his life. Arguably, David Coleman is making a mess of American education.]....Early morning hours. They got drunk and had a fight. She spit on him and hit him. He hit her back. She was unconscious on the floor. A punch or a slap? Too drunk to stand up? Initially, the event was treated as a trivial physical altercation. A month later they got married. Next, Rice was indicted on a third-degree assault charge and accepted into a first offender’s program. Now the wife was saying, please leave us alone and stop talking about...
  • American public schools chew up teachers and spit them out

    11/17/2014 6:07:03 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [a/k/a: "The War on Teachers"] The stats leave no doubt. There is huge dissatisfaction among teachers. The turnover rate is very high. We need to answer the obvious question, why don’t principals and administrators take better care of their teachers? The most recent MetLife Survey revealed: “Teacher Dissatisfaction At An All-Time High.” The NEA Today website continues: “Teacher job satisfaction has plummeted to its lowest level in 25 years, from 62 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2012 –- a total of 23 points…More than one-half of teachers report feeling under great stress several days per week, as opposed...
  • Building the Machine – interviews with parents re: Common Core

    10/04/2014 1:26:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept. 30, 2014 | HSLDA
    I've been campaigning against Common Core for six years -– this VIDEO is one of the best things I've seen. A bit long at 22 minutes but please watch it all. Yes, you'll be depressed and may even cry. This video confirms my sense that we should cancel Common Core entirely. Don't discuss or negotiate. The people behind Common Core are far-leftists. They will keep lying and manipulating. I don't imagine they will negotiate in good faith. ----- (My own most recent article is called "Common Core fulfills an ugly dream." It gives an historical perspective. On Just Google...
  • Education: None Dare Call Them Commies

    08/08/2014 3:16:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies
    Right Side News ^ | June 23 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Summary: Decline in American public schools is best explained by the far-left politics of our Education Establishment. These people prefer mediocrity.]-- Historically, Socialism and Communism were sometimes synonyms. But generally there was a sense that Socialism was softer. If you had enough power, you moved on to Communism, which was more coercive. One intellectual summed up the matter this way. Socialists persuade you with speeches. Communists persuade you with guns. In the days after the Russian Revolution, American leftists expended billions of hours trying to describe the perfect society. Fundamentally, all the debates turned on how much power the central...
  • The Common Core Movie: "Despicable Them"

    07/12/2014 5:33:35 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 3 replies ^ | 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 · 6 replies 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:
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...

    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...