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  • Phonics Starter Kit -- for parents, teachers, and national leaders

    06/06/2020 7:01:07 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 36 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 18, 2020 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Sad to say, the Reading Wars continue in the USA. Millions of children are made to memorize sight-words, a proven road to illiteracy. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of websites, continue to assert things that are the opposite of truth. For example, we are told that English isn’t a phonetic language and students have no choice but to memorize the vast English language one sight-word at a time. Nonsense, as Rudolf Flesch famously explained in his 1955 bestseller "Why Johnny Can't Read.” Why does this destructive charade go on? The official experts continue to disorient the public with incorrect theories, fake research,...
  • THE DANGERS OF PARALYZING DENIAL: FROM JEFFREY EPSTEIN TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    01/12/2020 8:14:49 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies
    New Right Network ^ | Oct. 30, 2019 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Looking away from sinister Jeffrey Epstein and horrific truth’s easy, but denial is dangerous, like the malfeasance within public schools, doesn’t just go away. People Don’t Want to Know the Truth, Even When it’s Undeniable Lionel Nation, a lawyer and radio host, argues that Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes are so staggeringly repulsive that most people won’t be able to deal with them. Better to look away. (Nation speculated in August that this aversion may save Epstein. Now that Epstein is officially dead, this aversion may save his friends and accomplices.)In a video, Lionel Nation explains the power of extreme evil. Most...
  • K–12: Phonics Is Winning

    12/05/2019 4:42:33 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Oct. 25, 2019 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Important Ed News /// Phonics is winning, finally, at long last, after 85 stupid years, after 50 million functional illiterates, after one of the most stubborn subversive schemes against common sense ever to brutalize a country. Finally, the one correct way to teach reading is again embraced as the one correct way to teach reading. Go ahead, shout "OMG." The fix has been in for so many dumbed down decades that many people may have given up hope. You may think this is now crazy optimism on my part. But I will show you some signs that things have suddenly...
  • K–12: The Real Threat is Red Supremacists

    09/12/2019 7:11:02 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12 Sep, 2019 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    August 2017, Charlottesville: Police disappear even as belligerents advance toward each other, and fighting in the streets begins. The same tactic had been used successfully in Ferguson and Baltimore. Who but President Obama and the respective governors could have given the orders to stand down? Who else but mayors and police chiefs could have expedited such counterintuitive commands? Democrats got their optics. CNN could chant each day that the USA is full of white nationalists and right-wing criminality. Obama must've been proud. Anyone could see that white supremacists lurked on every street. Funny thing: If you wait around for these...
  • What Everyone Needs To Know About Education

    04/28/2019 6:53:16 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 24 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | August 15, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The most striking thing about our public schools is that they have been in perpetual decline for many decades. Why? The government has its own tests called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); these tests regularly suggest that two-thirds of fourth-graders and eighth-graders are "below proficient" in reading. That's what decline looks like. It's guaranteed those two-thirds will never be literate, as that term has been traditionally used. Some may learn to read in a painful struggling way, but they won't be reading a daily paper or curling up with a good book. And yet, a century ago, this...
  • Interview with Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators -- RIP

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

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

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

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

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

    10/27/2018 7:17:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 109 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2018 | Emily Hanford
    Our children aren’t being taught to read in ways that line up with what scientists have discovered about how people actually learn. It’s a problem that has been hiding in plain sight for decades. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, more than six in 10 fourth graders aren’t proficient readers. It has been this way since testing began. A third of kids can’t read at a basic level. How do we know that a big part of the problem is how children are being taught? Because reading researchers have done studies in classrooms and clinics, and they’ve shown...
  • Public Schools: the Three Big Problems that We Must Fix

    10/15/2018 7:34:39 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 22 replies
    Republic Standard ^ | May 1, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Summary: One thing our public schools do well is undermine real education.... K-12 education is a big swirl of unnecessary problems and impasses. Millions of children are damaged by what seem to be ideological decisions. Our self-appointed experts, which I call the Education Establishment, appear unable to improve the schools. Worse, they don't seem to want to. Let’s identify the three main problems as the first step toward fixing them: First, our schools seem to become dumber by the year and probably by the month. Government statistics say that the majority of our students, in both fourth grade and eighth...
  • K-12: Never Quiet on the Phonics Front

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

    07/28/2018 5:06:38 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 153 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 18, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Subtitle: Fix reading and half of our education problems disappear--It's a common problem in the US. Children in the second and third grades, even the fourth and fifth grades, are struggling readers. They guess; they skip ahead; they search for clues from context; they look at pictures to read words. Did I mention they guess? Typically, these children are unsuccessful in most school subjects and very unhappy. The school may think this slow progress is fine. But perhaps you as a parent know younger children who've already learned to read. You worry that your child Is falling behind. You are...
  •  Interview with Siegfried Engelmann: one of America’s great educators video

    06/09/2018 2:06:05 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies
    Education Views ^ | April 30, 2018 | 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 doing this 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 what occurs in...
  • A Stroll through the Beautiful Ruins of American Public Education

    05/18/2018 1:52:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 35 replies
    Renew America ^ | March 7, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    K-12: Q&A with Bruce Deitrick PriceQ: What is your main feeling about K-12 education today?A: Sadness. There is a perennial waste of energy and money, both taken in great quantities from millions of citizens. Instruction, if logical and systematic, can teach a great deal in a timely way. Instruction, if incoherent, will leave students worse off than when they started. That is why McKinsey and Company, circa 2007, concluded that American students are measurably worse each additional year they remain in the public schools. Our #1 job is stopping this waste. Q: So what is the big sin?A: The Education...
  • Literacy Experts: Are They Ready To Apologize Yet?

    03/30/2018 4:13:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | March 13, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    “There is one question I'd really love to ask (One Heart!): Is there a place for the hopeless sinner, Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own beliefs? Bob Marley The people in charge of literacy in most English-speaking countries are literacy’s worst enemies. This counterintuitive turn-about has to be one of the planet’s more bizarre stories. The official experts praise a method, often called Whole Language, that doesn’t work. They insist that young teachers use this useless method. The teachers in turn force their students to embrace the method, and they make the parents tolerate the method....
  • K-12: Killing Democracy

    01/26/2018 12:06:59 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 3, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Rudolf Flesch, writing in 1955, noted that “things have changed in the last 10, 20 years. For the first time in history, American parents see their children getting less education than they got themselves. Their sons and daughters come home from school and they can’t read the newspaper; they can’t spell simple words like February or Wednesday; they don't know the difference between Austria and Australia. The fathers and mothers don’t know the reason for this, but they know that something terrible has happened to their most precious dreams and aspirations…” Isn’t it beautiful the way Flesch perceives the decline...
  • K-12: Sight-Words vs. Vocabulary Words

    01/11/2018 2:31:46 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Jan 4, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Many people use the phrases “sight-word” and “vocabulary word” interchangeably, when they are quite different. This confusion, I believe, serves a sinister purpose for our Education Establishment. A sight-word is a one-dimensional object. You know it visually, that’s all. When you see the graphic design, you are supposed to respond in an automatic or conditioned way. You say the sound represented by the design. The Education Establishment pretends this is “reading” but it’s not. On the other hand, a vocabulary word is a multi-dimensional object. Most importantly, you know it phonetically. You say the sounds represented by the letters. This...
  • "Saving K-12" -– Why you may want this book

    12/09/2017 3:02:39 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 32 replies
    Bruce Deitrick Price ^ | Dec. 8, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    1) Good Christmas present for smart people. Somewhat complex sophistries are explained in simple terms. It’s fun knowing how this stuff works. 2) This book is a guidebook to what’s really going on in our public schools. Weird, unproven theories and methods are commonplace, such as Sight-words to teach reading, Constructivism to teach knowledge, Common Core Math to teach arithmetic, and so on. Once you understand these gimmicks, then you can fight back more successfully against the school system. 3) A group, whether 2 people or 20 people, can use this book to initiate and focus discussions. You can pick...