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  • Memo to: American teenagers and millennials

    10/29/2015 1:11:53 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 7 replies ^ | Sept. 26, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Reflect for a few minutes on your experience in school, especially if you went to a public school. Were you taught as much as you could have been taught? Were your schools set up to increase your learning and your mastery of basic skills? When you were in elementary school, did the school teach you to read right away? If a store was selling something for $10 and now there is a 15% discount, do you know what the new price is? If you read in a book that the Civil War occurred in the middle of the 19th century,...
  • Bill Ayers and Social Injustice

    10/14/2015 5:53:36 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 3 replies ^ | August 12, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    From John Dewey circa 1915 to Bill Ayers a century later, we hear the same progressive spiel. There must be drastic change, and perhaps much destruction and death, in order to create a more just society. A dubious trade if you stop and think about it. Lenin gave the same deal to the hapless Russians. Dewey was a professor of education; Ayers, once a famous terrorist, is now also a professor of education. So what will be the impact of their philosophy on the classrooms of America? The short answer is that children will get a lot more indoctrination, and...
  • 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.”...
  • What’s education for? Let’s have a national debate on this issue

    11/19/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    FreeRepublic Original content | Nov. 19, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    An interesting theoretical issue in education from the beginning has been, who needs this stuff and how much of it do they need? Let's imagine a farmer sitting behind a mule plowing his field. Does he need an education? Is it wasted on him? Would life be better or worse if he knew some history, could sing some opera, or do puzzles in his head. What if he knows some Shakespeare and, as he’s going around the fields, regales the mule with speeches from Hamlet? Would this make life a little more interesting? Or would having such knowledge be a...
  • Education: the media are afraid to tell the truth

    09/01/2014 6:24:21 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 22 replies ^ | August 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Local newspapers in the US don't cover education in any depth. Maybe they'll tell you superficial and trivial stuff (for example, that a superintendent was hired or fired, that there will be a meeting next month of the school board). But you won't find anything about the nuts and bolts that determine whether you child learns to read, or learns anything at all. At first glance, this non-coverage can seem to be a mystery. Everybody's interested in education, especially parents and grandparents with kids in K-12. Probably one of the most valuable things that you could tell these people is...
  • 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...
  • Education: What a Wonderful World It Would Be

    03/08/2014 5:30:58 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies ^ | Jan. 21, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    What a wonderful world it would be if, for example, the people in charge of our public schools really believed in knowledge. If, for example, the National Council of Teachers of English, really loved English. If the National Council of Teachers of Math, really loved math. Alas, that does not seem to be the case. A lot of boring things are being taught in boring, incoherent ways, with the result that children learn almost nothing. Then the Education Establishment comes up with so-called “authentic assessments” to prove that the children learned a little something. There’s an easy way to tell...
  • Interview with Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators

    12/26/2013 3:00:45 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 3 replies ^ | Dec. 10, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    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 repeating this process until you get solutions that give you the greatest success in the ordinary classroom. ------------------------ Q: As you look at the entire field of education, what is the one thing that most offends you?  A: The disconnect between...
  • Common Core is worse than we thought

    12/13/2013 12:01:00 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies ^ | Nov. 23, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Common Core is full of pretentious little gimmicks, each a potential Pandora’s box of nasty surprises. For example, there is one called Close Reading, which says that children in elementary school should read the same difficult passages over and over. I didn’t trust this thing from square one, so I wrote an analysis called “Close Reading is close to a con” (link below). This article was meant to be a strong indictment but to my surprise one of the comments was even stronger. “Domo,” the commenter, clearly has experience in the trenches. Note all the weird little twists. The Devil...
  • 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...
  • One World Government Is A Dangerous Idea

    11/18/2013 2:41:58 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies ^ | Oct. 28, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Subtitle: And Intellectuals Are Really Dumb----- The topic for today is one world government. The main group of people who claim to think this is a swell idea are intellectuals. That’s how you know intellectuals are not that intelligent. As George Orwell noted, “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” The theory, much hyped throughout the 20th century, is that the world would be better off if it had only one government managing everything. Instead of dispersing power to many parts of the world, there would be a central tribunal composed of superior humans, wiser and more...
  • Deliberate Dumbing Down… Charlotte Iserbyt explained

    11/07/2013 2:24:43 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 7 replies
    Edfrontier blog ^ | Oct. 7, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Wade through several hundred discussions about education. You finally realize it all comes down to one question: did all this crazy bad stuff happen by accident, or do the people at the top get up every morning scheming to keep kids semi-literate, unable to do much arithmetic, and ignorant in any direction you look? I'm fascinated by this question because, for one thing, the crazy bad stuff seems too vast to be accidental. You can’t take your eyes off it. Watching Rome burn must’ve been a similar experience. The waste, the incompetence, the reckless malice. Whatever the exact cause, finally...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Common Core Conspiracy Unraveling? (UPDATE)

    09/09/2013 5:10:44 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies ^ | Sept. 2, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Recent headline on an education site sums up the story: “The majority of public supports Common Core, but opposition is growing.” Another ed site announced, with a map: “Breaking News: 20 States' Pending Reject or Limit Common Core." Common Core Curriculum, steamrollered across the country several years ago and adopted by almost 45 states, may be faltering. Why do so many people consider this wonderful news? Here are 8 good reasons: 1) Common Core represents a federal takeover of education. This is a dream that progressives and liberals have pursued for a century. States and communities have traditionally been...
  • An Interview with Bruce D. Price:  "Some Thoughts on Bill Gates, Education and Influence"

    08/30/2013 12:47:33 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies ^ | July 2, 2013 | Michael F. Shaughnessy
    1) Bruce, about 4 years ago, you wrote ”An Open Letter to Bill Gates About Education.” What was it all about? In 2007, Bill Gates helped prepare a report on American productivity. The report concluded that public schools are so bad they are a threat to the economy. I was tremendously impressed by this directness. We need that. Unfortunately, the report went on to suggest scores of small fixes, not the radical reform we need. Bill Gates seemed to think that our Education Establishment would listen to him, that it would be enough if he made smart suggestions. I argued...
  • A real war on women: lies about reading

    06/27/2013 6:07:55 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 31 replies
    AllVoices ^ | May 28, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In first grade the child comes home with lists of sight-words to be memorized. It’s a struggle. As fast as he memorizes new words, he forgets the previous words. Well before the end of the year, he is officially identified as a weak reader. The mother suffers more than the child does. The teacher says the school is is doing everything it can; the parents must do more. In second grade, the child is a bad reader and is very conscious of it. If he memorize words in a list, he doesn’t recognize them in a story. The teacher mentions...
  • 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...
  • What really happened to boys?

    05/07/2013 12:47:29 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 122 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Four years ago, psychologist Leonard Sax (MD, PhD) wrote a well-received book titled “Boys Adrift.” The doctor tried to answer the question, why have so many young males fallen into passivity and indifference? Dr. Sax had heard more and more parents complain that their boys stayed indoors most of the time, spent hours on video games, and in general seemed to lack the confidence and esprit de corps that had characterized boys throughout history. “Something scary is happening to boys today,” Sax concluded. “From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were...