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  • Is Georgia the Dumbest State?

    03/17/2015 1:44:12 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 26 replies ^ | March 9, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When states are ranked for their intelligence or lack of it, Georgia usually ends up in the bottom 10. What is the Peach State doing wrong? A lot. We are confronted here by a confusing swirl of lies and scandals, so let’s start with a quick summary. Georgia officials insist on using the worst theories and methods. Predictably their schools get bad results. To cover up the embarrassing results (of course, the officials would not think of adopting better methods), the schools create elaborate cheating mechanisms. This works until the truth leaks out. Scandal ensues. Cheating scandals occur throughout the...
  • 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...
  • Most Americans are Financially Illiterate: Only 34% can answer these three basic questions correctly

    08/30/2014 10:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/29/2014 | Mark Skousen
    “The college educated are more likely to own stocks and less prone to use high-cost borrowing.” — Journal of Economic Literature Financial literacy is important, but sadly, only a handful of states require students to take personal finance or an investment course. I earned a Ph. D. in economics and never took a class in accounting, business or personal finance! How bad is financial education in this country? In 2008, two economists came up with three simple questions to test the financial knowledge of citizens 55 years or older. See how well you do: 1. Suppose you had $100 in...
  • American Teenage Financial Literacy is Just…Average

    07/14/2014 6:59:05 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 12, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    Teens in the United States are only average when it comes to financial literacy; crushed by Chinese teenagers’ remarkable performance on the Programme for International Student Assessment’s (PISA) first-ever financial literacy assessment. pisa study chart PISA typically surveys an average of 65 countries and economies focusing on mathematics with additional reading, science and problem-solving areas of assessment. On July 9, 2014 PISA released the results of a new financial literacy assessment evaluating 15-year-olds from 18 countries and economies. Among those countries the United States ranked somewhere between 8 and 12; China, 1. But that’s not all, while the U.S. struggles...
  • Shanghai’s youth are world’s most financially literate

    07/10/2014 7:16:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    In the first ever international assessment of financial nous among the young, China’s most populous city leads the field “by a wide margin” compared with teenagers in the US, France, Italy, Australia and elsewhere, informs “Armenpress”, in reference to Financial Times. The study was made by the OECD, the club of mostly rich nations, which tested 15- year-olds on basic financial concepts such as bank accounts, savings rates, managing finances and tax. Shanghai teens clocked a mean score of 603 points, 103 above the OECD average and 62 points ahead of the next best performer, Flemish Belgium. Five other economies...
  • The Reformation roots of an independent press

    06/07/2014 1:29:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    World ^ | June 7, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    Martin Luther’s emphasis on literacy helped make modern day journalism possible. Rise of the Corruption Story Unnatural Acts In America, we expect journalists to have some independence from government and other leading power centers. We are not surprised to glance at the morning newspaper or television news show and see exposure of wrongdoing. We assume that the press has a responsibility to print bad news as well as good. And yet, that which seems ordinary to us is unusual in the history of the world, and even in much of the world today. How did the unnatural act of independent...
  • America’s Most (and Least) Literate Cities

    02/24/2014 6:31:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 02/24/2014 | By Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander E.M. Hess Read more: America’s Most (and Least) Literate Cities
    For the fourth straight year, Washington, D.C. is the most literate city in the United States, according to a recent study on literacy. The study, by Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), examined how well Americans used their literacy skills in the nation’s largest cities. Rounding out the top five were Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. CCSU ranked the cities based on six categories: bookstores, residents’ educational attainment, newspaper circulation, use of online resources, the library system, and periodical publishing resources. The most literate cities were largely in the Northeast, and they generally had a well-educated and well-paid population.Click here to...
  • What is Literacy in the 21st Century? Does technology mean kids don't need traditional skills?

    08/14/2013 7:29:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/13/2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A new development in education is deciding what "literacy" should be in the 21st century. With a swirl of technological breakthroughs all around us, elite educators are gaga at the plethora of excuses for pooh-poohing subjects routinely taught in the dark age known as the 20th century. The National Council of Teachers of English recently announced: "Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy." These people give good sophistry. Presto, literacy can now be defined any way they want. When these Teachers of...
  • Jeantel: What We Expect From Public Schools

    07/09/2013 5:23:56 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 53 replies
    The Daily Rant ^ | July 2,2013 | Mychal Massie
    Some may laugh and others may joke about it. Others will blame it on a system that needs more money. But for those (this essayist included) who have been speaking out against America’s steady degradation of education, Rachel Jeantel is the poster child for exactly what we’ve come to expect from public education. Jeantel was advertised as the star prosecution witness in the George Zimmerman trial. You know – the one where “a white Hispanic brutally gunned down an unarmed African-American simply because he was black.” (Excuse me while I throw-up.) At least once every year we witness teacher strikes...
  • The black education tragedy (Trayvon friend's testimony represents dismal failure of public schools)

    07/09/2013 11:05:15 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 70 replies
    WND ^ | July 09, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see. Some of that evidence unfolded when Zimmerman’s defense attorney asked 19-year-old Jeantel to read a letter she allegedly had written to Trayvon Martin’s mother. She responded that she doesn’t read cursive, and that’s in addition to her poor grammar, syntax and communication skills. Jeantel is a senior at Miami Norland Senior High School. How in the world did she manage to become a 12th-grader without...
  • Doc. Released by San Diego Council on Literacy Reveals Hidden Crisis Related to Adult Illiteracy

    07/08/2013 3:26:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Keeping with its mission to deepen the community’s understanding of adult illiteracy in the region, the San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL) today released Voices and Faces: Literacy in San Diego. This dramatic new documentary tells the story of 13 adults, whose inability to read kept them from meeting their personal and professional needs and achieving their life goals. These 13 people represent the hundreds of thousands of adults in San Diego County and the countless more in America who go through life facing unimaginable obstacles. Often times, they are too embarrassed to tell anyone and live with a painful...
  • The Country That Stopped Reading

    06/03/2013 11:26:58 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 5th 2013 | DAVID TOSCANA
    EARLIER this week, I spotted, among the job listings in the newspaper Reforma, an ad from a restaurant in Mexico City looking to hire dishwashers. The requirement: a secondary school diploma. Years ago, school was not for everyone. Classrooms were places for discipline, study. Teachers were respected figures. Parents actually gave them permission to punish their children by slapping them or tugging their ears. But at least in those days, schools aimed to offer a more dignified life. Nowadays more children attend school than ever before, but they learn much less. They learn almost nothing. The proportion of the Mexican...
  • NY’s Lessons Use Scientology..Teach Students They Have Right to Food, Housing, Clothing, Medicine..

    03/30/2013 4:59:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 30, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    Update: Two small adjustments to this story were made to clarify the relationship between Common Core and school districts. A parent in upstate New York is claiming there is some disturbing information being taught to his child as a result of a Common Core-aligned lesson on government and human rights. (Common Core is the controversial standardized curriculum program being advocated for by the federal government.) The latest example, he says, is that his daughter and her classmates are being taught a section on the 30 “universal human rights” declared by the United Nations in 1945. Those rights include: • The...
  • Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read

    03/07/2013 3:11:25 PM PST · by SMGFan · 175 replies
    It’s an education bombshell. Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system. The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday. When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade. They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.
  • A Wealth of Words (The key to increasing upward mobility is expanding vocabulary.)

    01/28/2013 2:01:44 PM PST · by FewsOrange · 20 replies
    City Journal ^ | January 2013 | E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
    E. D. Hirsch, Jr. A Wealth of Words The key to increasing upward mobility is expanding vocabulary. WInter 2013 A number of notable recent books, including Joseph Stiglitz’s The Price of Inequality and Timothy Noah’s The Great Divergence, lay out in disheartening detail the growing inequality of income and opportunity in the United States, along with the decline of the middle class. The aristocracy of family so deplored by Jefferson seems upon us; the counter-aristocracy of merit that long defined America as the land of opportunity has receded. These writers emphasize global, technological, and sociopolitical trends in their analyses. But...
  • Pedaling Peddlers

    01/12/2013 4:59:43 PM PST · by Revolting cat! · 30 replies
    self | January 12, 2013 | Revolting cat!
    If you happen to care about grammar and spelling, then in these post-literate times you can expect to be considered a pedant by the semi-literate, and a "grammar nazi" by the illiterate. My blood pressure rises when I see misuses of the apostrophe, pluralization with an apostrophe, "impact" as a verb, "pro-active" in all its uses, "there is a lot" and "there is many", "He would have if he would have", among other errors familiar to the readers among whom I don't expect to see makers of such errors. Still, I realize that the battle has been lost now. Here...
  • When is "Drill and Kill" not "Drill and Kill"??

    12/12/2012 3:13:42 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 19 replies ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    If there is one true cancer in the land of education, according to our Education Establishment, it’s the torture known as “drill and kill.”Progressive educators always hated Drill and Kill. It hurts the child, we are told, and is the end of genuine learning.For the last hundred years, our Education Establishment condemned the direct transmission of knowledge from teacher to student. These elite educators are constantly in a rage that students might be forced to prepare for a test in the traditional sense, that is, they know facts. And yet, when it helps their agenda, the commissars will turn on...
  • Only 7% of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders Proficient in Reading

    12/11/2012 9:16:00 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    CNS ^ | December11, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading. Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature. Under current law, Michigan public school teachers must pay dues to the teachers’ union. If the right-to-work law is enacted, Michigan public-school teachers will be free to join the union and pay dues to it...
  • The Campaigns Against the Western Manner of Learning to Read and Applying English Grammar

    11/19/2012 3:00:43 PM PST · by Pleistarchos · 28 replies
    The Hot Gates 480BC ^ | Pleistarchos
    .... From there the regression into abandoning the teaching of reading to children was rapid. Teaching “reading” came to be viewed by many to be the act of repeatedly showing children flash cards in an effort to get them to recognize words by rote memorization as opposed to actually reading the words. Fortunately for my eldest, this had not reached the elementary schools by the mid-90s and she was taught how to read and write. My youngest, though, was met with this like a freight train and the results were comparable with a train wreck. My youngest was a hard-working...
  • Some Harsh Words About "Guided Reading"

    10/30/2012 2:22:36 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 21 replies ^ | Sept. 17, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A reading teacher commented on the Internet: “The situation in the local public schools is getting worse. This year they switched to Guided Reading. Take a look at Pinnell & Fountas. This is a perfect example of 'how not to teach reading.'" Curious, I asked a teacher in Chicago what she knew about Guided Reading. Here’s her indignant response: -------------- “HA!!! Fountas and Pinnell!!!!! They created Guided Reading (I think). These are two women who are obvious whole language experts. They publish their stuff at Heinemann. Let me explain how Guided Reading goes. You know, Bruce, in a whole language...
  • More incredibly good news: Education Department reports zero Illiteracy in America under Obama

    10/05/2012 7:05:42 AM PDT · by Sidebar Moderator · 56 replies
    Yore always trusty government bureaucrats under Obama
    Braking hard ...
  • Book Barometer Misleading Says Obama Campaign

    08/27/2012 11:57:39 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Aug 2012 | John Semmens
    Statistics on book sales at Amazon show that conservative titles are out-selling liberal titles by a 56% to 44% margin. Fearing that this may create the impression that conservative ideas are winning, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod cautioned that “we not leap to unwarranted conclusions based on these numbers.” “Reading is an activity favored by intellectually curious and verbally oriented people,” Axelrod argued. “This is neither a majority of the population nor a strong Democratic demographic. It does not represent the sizable contingent of persons who respond emotively to more pictographic stimuli.” Axelrod pointed out that “since the more viscerally...
  • Your Baby Can Read Company Going out of Business

    07/16/2012 11:35:40 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 16, 2012 | DAVID CRARY
    <p>The company that persuaded hundreds of thousands of parents to buy Your Baby Can Read products is going out of business, citing the high cost of fighting complaints alleging its ads were false.</p> <p>Your Baby Can LLC announced the decision on its website.</p>
  • This Embarrasses You and I*: Grammar Gaffes Invade the Office in an Age of Informal[...]

    06/20/2012 6:30:54 AM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 189 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 19, 2012 | Sue Shellenbarger
    When Caren Berg told colleagues at a recent staff meeting, "There's new people you should meet," her boss Don Silver broke in, says Ms. Berg, a senior vice president at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., marketing and crisis-communications company. "I cringe every time I hear" people misuse "is" for "are," Mr. Silver says. The company's chief operations officer, Mr. Silver also hammers interns to stop peppering sentences with "like." For years, he imposed a 25-cent fine on new hires for each offense. "I am losing the battle," he says. Managers are fighting an epidemic of grammar gaffes in the workplace. Many...
  • Reading the Contempt of Socialists

    05/09/2012 1:23:49 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 5, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Author's title: "In Reading We Can Read The Contempt of Socialists"] What, if any, is the connection between illiteracy and ideology? George Orwell, our greatest political sociologist, has some ideas. He is the master explainer of governance, power, totalitarianism, education, and the dynamics of class warfare. It's an ugly picture. In his seminal essay, "Ignorance Is Strength," Orwell lays down the iron rule of history: "Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world[:] High, Middle, and Low." Orwell cynically notes that the Middle always campaign for...
  • Mona McNee -- Why She Fights For Phonics

    04/28/2012 11:57:58 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 40 replies ^ | April 25, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    For more than 40 years, Mona McNee has been fighting the good fight on behalf of intelligent reading instruction. She is the author of "Step By Step" (a phonics program) and "The Great Reading Disaster" (with Alice Coleman, 2007, 335 pages), which chronicles the incompetence of the UK's Education Establishment. I always think of Mona McNee as the Patron Saint of Reading.Mona has recently prepared a booklet called "Why Billy can't read," which sums up her message in 30 pages. You can find a pdf of this booklet, and as well her free phonics program, on (link below). Mona...
  • Big Lie Has New Name: High Frequency Words

    03/30/2012 12:29:01 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies
    CanadaFreePress ^ | March 30, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [More about Sight-Words...] Your average criminal has a few aliases. It’s de rigueur in the underworld. But only real swashbucklers pass the half-dozen mark. Think about the confusion keeping your identities straight. Down South you’re Jackson Jones, but in New York you answer to Maxie Smith, however, guys in Atlantic City call you Lefty,” as in, “Yo, Lefty, still doing hits?” Which has to remind us of Whole Word, one of the greatest swashbucklers since Charles Ponzi’s business plan. This wise guy--I mean Whole Word-- came into the world as Look-say, with a few early aliases such as Word Method...
  • Literacy Sign Slipup Has School Principal Shaking His Head

    02/29/2012 10:45:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | Lane DeGregory
    The sign went up late Friday, when the kids were out of school. Black letters on a white board perched over the parking lot at Lakewood High. Patricia Schley, the school's literacy coach, was trying to promote a training session for parents. She wanted to show them how to help their teens become better readers. She had scheduled the evening event for more than a month before the FCATs. Wednesday night — the extra day of the leap year — would be literacy night. Lakewood High, on the southeastern end of St. Petersburg, is home to about 1,400 students. Almost...
  • Fla. Board Makes Compromise [Welcome to Cave City!]

    02/29/2012 3:18:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    The Florida Board of Education backed off Tuesday from a controversial proposal that could have turned many schools around the state into "F" schools... After discussing the issue, the board revised the proposed rule so that a school’s grade would drop one letter grade, rather than go straight to “F,” if it failed to meet the 25 percent benchmark, and it also stipulated that it wouldn’t take effect for one year.
  • "Let Them Eat Sight-Words"

    02/21/2012 3:37:12 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 36 replies
    CanadaFreePress ^ | Feb. 15, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Marie Antoinette, on hearing that French peasants had no bread to eat, suggested, “Let them eat cake.” This quip perfectly captured the haughty indifference which many people attributed to the French monarchy. A few years later, she was punished for her hauteur: execution by guillotine. The famous quote was probably never uttered. Real or not, it’s a handy symbol for an arrogant elite, indifferent to the suffering of the people. When you read in the newspaper that the US has 50 million functional illiterates, the disdainful queen should flash into your mind.During the 1920’s, the American population was moving toward...
  • Why We Need “A Bill of Rights for Students 2012”

    01/27/2012 1:06:28 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 7 replies ^ | Jan 22, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    There are already many Bills of Rights for Students. Most emphasize how schools or teachers should treat students. Typically, that would be gently. Heaven forbid we should place any burden on these delicate minds. Here is the problem from an educational point of view. At the end of the day, if all these rights are accommodated, the children could still end up as ignorant as they were a year earlier. A Bill of Rights for Students 2012 emphasizes skills and knowledge that the students are ENTITLED to learn, and that schools must teach. A Bill of Rights for Students 2012...
  • “Balanced Literacy“ -- Unbalanced and Unhinged

    01/09/2012 2:37:06 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | Jan. 7, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [MORE ABOUT READING, SPECIFICALLY, THAT SO-CALLED BALANCED LITERACY IS ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE LONG-RUNNING HOAX:] So here’s the deal. The same people who lied to us about reading for 70 years now want us to believe they are finally telling the truth. They said that English isn’t phonetic, that children don’t need the alphabet and the sounds, that children need only to look at words and memorize the shapes. All this was utter nonsense. They further said that if children didn’t recognize a word (which they typically didn’t as it’s hard work to memorize a word by its shape), they...
  • Walker unveils plans for boosting reading skills

    01/05/2012 4:23:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Gov. Scott Walker and the state schools superintendent unveiled a task force's recommendations Wednesday for how Wisconsin might ensure that every child can read by the end of the third grade, including testing incoming kindergarteners' reading proficiency, providing teachers with more training opportunities and holding teachers to higher standards. Walker formed the Read to Lead task force in March after reading tests showed Wisconsin students were falling behind students in other states. He and state Superintendent Tony Evers unveiled the recommendations at a public school in the Milwaukee suburb of Greendale. They called the recommendations an "aggressive plan to improve...
  • Christianity promoted world literacy

    11/02/2011 10:05:41 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 10 replies
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | Brian Ball
    Hey everyone I've been away awhile working on my youtube channel and trying to get my personal life in order not to mention raising my newborn son who is now coming along and growing nicely. And my wife has been trying to find new work as well and I've been helping her out there too. I decided to kick off my blog again with an article I've been meaning to write about literacy and reading and how the Christian faith influenced this growth. My interest in the article peaked after being referred to a book about the Byzantine Romans and...
  • Curse you, "Sing, Spell, Read, & Write!"

    10/28/2011 1:00:37 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 4 replies ^ | 2008 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    OUTSTANDING (& FUNNY) POST FROM BLOG YOU MIGHT NOT RUN INTO:: ---------- Curse you, "Sing, Spell, Read, & Write!" I've had a revelation. It dawned on me exactly when I lost control around here. It was when I taught my kids to read. See, it doesn't take long, once a kid can read, that he gets twice as smart as his parents. One day he's working his way through The Cat In The Hat, and a week later, he's making subversive messages with those plastic letter refrigerator magnets: "DOWN WITH OPPRESSIVE BEDTIMES! STOP THE TYRANNY!" And then they learn to...
  • Education: A Case Of Hostile Intent

    08/08/2011 7:24:55 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 8/8/2011 | Bruce D Price
    An Internet forum asked this question: “Suppose you had $1 billion to spend, how would you improve education?” More than 30 people left suggestions, all of them smart, articulate, and sophisticated. But something nagged at me. I sensed there was an unstated premise that all these respondents shared. A false premise. Everyone seemed to assume that the Education Establishment is honestly trying to do a good job. The premise goes like this: These elite educators mean well. They have the right answers. But for some odd reason, they can’t quite get their act together. All that’s needed, apparently, is for...
  • Protestants Know How To Write And Liberate

    07/23/2011 4:02:28 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 9 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | July 24, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    One militant atheist strategy is to cling to anti-Christian mythology, with a vengeance, “arguing” that Christians (especially Protestants) are intellectual lightweights. The opposite is true. Indeed, Protestants have led fellow Christians and atheists in numerous fields, for centuries. […] When one is able to calmly sift through the records, there’s a very strong case to be made here, and it relates to Protestant-inspired literacy and sustainable liberation. Consider this. From A Short History of the World by the historian Geoffrey Blainey (pp. 352-53): Initially, few women were literate. In the English diocese of Norwich in the 17th century, only about...
  • Dyslexia: What’s The Truth About Dyslexic Children?

    07/07/2011 12:15:33 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 52 replies
    FastPitch ^ | July 6, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Dyslexia turns out to be a lot like the President’s birth certificate. There are a huge number of claims on each side. They can’t all be right. Either the thing is real or it isn’t. You can find on the Internet an extraordinary number of people who talk about dyslexia as if it’s not only an ultimate reality but some sort of gift from God. (Oh, your brains may be scrambled but somehow it’s a wonderful thing because you see the world in a new way!) On the other side, you can find people saying that dyslexia is a lie,...
  • There Are Two Americas...And One Of Them Can't Read .

    03/06/2011 3:27:10 PM PST · by IbJensen · 25 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 3/5/2011 | Bruce Price
    Okay, folks, place your bets. Was it clueless incompetence on a cosmic scale? Or, was it John Deweys collectivist wet dream turned Clockwork Orange? One of these ways or the other, we became a country with 50,000,000 functional illiterates, people who can't read a cereal box, never mind instructions on a pill bottle when that exact skill might save a life. Prisons are full of people who can't read. The country's schools wallow in mediocrity. All thanks to educational malfeasance, decade after decade. J'accuse! J'accuse! The so-called experts in charge of reading are derelict and destructive. Please, remove these parasites...
  • Anyone Still Interested in Theories of Reading??

    03/02/2011 4:15:59 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 48 replies ^ | March 2, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A recent post about a new book by Denise Eide called “Uncovering the Logic of English” prompted more than 80 comments. One person in particular objected that phonics was not the entire answer, and argued that Sight-Words were easy to learn, and that many people read this way. I don’t think so. So I am always trying to figure out CLEVER NEW WAYS to explain this mess to all the confused parents out there, and the confused teachers in the schools. This new article points out quite simply that reading, as described and prescribed by the so-called experts in Whole...
  • Why Johnny STILL Can't Read

    02/13/2011 4:44:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 149 replies
    New American ^ | 2/11/2011 | Sam Blumenfeld
    -six years ago, in 1955 to be exact, the most significant book about American education was published and, with very good reason, caused quite a stir. It was written by Rudolf Flesch, who had come to America to escape the Nazis in Vienna, became highly fluent in English and got a Ph.D in English at Columbia University. The book was entitled Why Johnny Can’t Read. It became a best-seller and rankled the entire education establishment. In it Flesch explained why so many children in American schools were having such a difficult time learning to read. He wrote: “The teaching of...
  • What The Reading Wars Are All About (a new review of an old book)

    01/19/2011 12:15:41 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies ^ | Jan 18, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    “Programmed Illiteracy in our Schools” is a wonderful book by a wonderful mind. Mary Johnson is the very model of what an intellectual and educator should be. This book is set mostly in Canada, and during the long-ago years 1959-1970; and yet, of all the many excellent book about the reading wars, this might be the best. Only 170 pages long, it manages to be both intensely personal and high-scholarly. It shows you the kids, parents and schools struggling with look-say; the politicians ducking; the Education Establishment scheming for dollars and control. My own conclusion about public education in the...
  • Why Sight-Words Sabotage Reading and Create Dyslexics

    12/27/2010 7:18:17 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 69 replies · 11+ views ^ | Dec. 22, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    There are two ways to teach children to read. 1) Whole Word enthusiasts say that children must memorize the shapes of words one by one, just as the Chinese memorize their ideograms. This is the wrong way. English has far too many words for this approach ever to be considered. Even if an industrious child could memorize 2,000 word-shapes (which is extremely difficult and takes MANY years), that child would still be functionally illiterate. The vast majority of the English language remains unknown. Just as bad, words the child supposedly knows are rarely known with automaticity. Sight-word readers typically stumble,...
  • APNewsBreak: Nearly 1 in 4 fails military exam

    12/21/2010 5:00:59 PM PST · by Baladas · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 21, 2010 | CHRISTINE ARMARIO/DORIE TURNER
    MIAMI — Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the military fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can't answer basic math, science and reading questions. The report by The Education Trust found that 23 percent of recent high school graduates don't get the minimum score needed on the enlistment test to join any branch of the military. The study, released exclusively to The Associated Press on Tuesday, comes on top of Pentagon data that shows 75 percent of those aged 17 to 24 don't qualify for the military...
  • Bloomberg: The people we elected to Congress 'can't read'

    11/06/2010 7:22:24 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | Maggie Haberman
    Via Katzblog and Kate Lucadamo, Mayor Bloomberg made two interesting comments while doing an interview with the Wall Street Journal from Hong Kong, where he's traveling in his new role as head of C40 Cities, one of which waded heavily into trade policy with China, a contentious topic. The other may not thrill the new members of congress elected on Tuesday (or their longer-serving colleagues). Regarding trade with China, the mayor said, "“I think in America, we’ve got to stop blaming the Chinese and blaming everybody else and take a look at ourselves,” he said. “Let me get this straight:...
  • Gary Shteyngart's 'Super Sad True' quest

    08/09/2010 11:00:39 PM PDT · by thecodont · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | August 9, 2010|9:59 a.m. | By Daina Beth Solomon, Los Angeles Times
    "There has to be a compelling reason these days for someone to decide to pick up a smelly book," says satirist Gary Shteyngart, the 38-year-old author whose novel "Super Sad True Love Story," a dystopian romance, has earned critical raves. By "smelly," Shteyngart is referring to the running gag of the plot — that books stink of dirty feet. Set in the near future — "oh, next Tuesday," Shteyngart jokes in a recent interview — the story details the development and collapse of a society that ridicules "printed bound media artifacts" and, in fact, anything that requires deep thinking. Instead,...
  • National Spelling Bee protests: Should we simplify English spelling?

    06/04/2010 8:50:41 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 90 replies · 978+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4 June 2010 | Eoin O'Carroll
    The Scripps National Spelling Bee highlights what a mess the English spelling is – a hodgepodge of orthographies borrowed from German, French, Greek, and Latin. Is it time for a makeover? The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw is said to have joked that the word "fish" could legitimately be spelled "ghoti," by using the "gh" sound from "enough," the "o" sound from "women," and the "ti" sound from "action." Shaw was probably not the originator of this joke, but he was one of a long line of people who thought that the English language's anarchic spelling, a hodgepodge of Germanic,...
  • eBooks And The Future of Reading

    05/23/2010 6:04:05 AM PDT · by mattstat · 10 replies · 518+ views
    Warning: Raw Speculation Alert. You have been warned! You are reading. This form form of reading will not disappear. eBooks—whether they be standalone devices, or merely apps on multipurpose toys like cell phones—will cause the reading of short bursts of words on a screen to become increasingly common. The key is “short”: columns such as this already push the limit of most people’s patience (yes, the content, too). The reading of book-length material—which is to say books in electronic or paper forms—will decline rapidly. eBook sales will increase, accelerating over the next five years. With the closing of mall stores,...
  • Holder’s ‘In the Dark’ Criticism of Immigration Law

    05/17/2010 11:30:08 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 20 replies · 564+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 17, 2010 | Dan Miller
    On May 13, Attorney General Eric Holder, who had been critical of the new Arizona immigration law, testified that he had based his comments on newspaper and television accounts but had not read the by then more than two-week-old statute.
  • Caught in the ACT

    04/28/2010 11:47:48 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 251+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | April 28, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Caught in the ACT Malcolm A. Kline, April 28, 2010 Although public schools like to trumpet their relevance, the education they deliver usually shows how out of touch they are. “Of the 1.5 million high school graduates who took the ACT during academic year 2008-2009, 33 percent were not ready for college-level English, 47 percent were not ready for college social science, 58 percent were not ready for College Algebra, and 72 percent were not ready for college Biology,” Cynthia B. Schmeiser, the president of the education division of ACT, Inc., told a Senate committee today. “Overall, only 23 percent...