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  • Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Learn Sight-Words

    10/08/2016 1:33:46 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 37 replies
    LinkedIIn ^ | Aug 31, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In 1955 Rudolf Flesch famously explained “Why Johnny Can't Read.” The problem was obvious. Schools made children memorize words as abstract graphic designs (i.e., sight-words), nothing else. In fact, English words contain a lot of essential info about how words should be pronounced and why they’re spelled the way they are. The Education Establishment said, “Oh fiddlesticks, forget all that old-fashioned stuff. Memorize the word-designs as if they are currency symbols or electrical symbols.” That, of course, is very hard work. But our Education Establishment has pushed this nonsense for 80 years. As a result, we have 50 million functional...
  • Phonics vs. Sight-Words / VIDEO

    09/24/2016 1:39:16 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | January, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Parents with children in elementary school should take a look at this short video. At this moment, tens of thousands of public schools are making millions of little children memorize sight-words. This malpractice will retard their education and cripple their reading ability. This four-minute video explains why. Sight-words are, of course, the problem that Rudolf Flesch wrote about in 1955 in his famous book "Why Johnny can't read." Our Education Establishment is relentless in pretending that phonics is no good and must be replaced by various "modern" methods. These methods had many names over the last 80+ years. But it...
  • Fake Reading Instruction is Biggest Con of all

    03/12/2016 5:36:05 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 42 replies ^ | Feb. 6, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Quora, a discussion forum, posed the question: what are the biggest scams/cons in modern history? Dozens of smart, entertaining answers have been left: sale of the Eiffel Tower, bottled water, Scientology, military deceptions, Madoff, the diamond engagement ring, etc. One respondent says the central banking system is a huge con, which may be true. Trouble is, financial matters are very difficult so the con may not be obvious even after the matter is explained. So that leaves one clear winner. The biggest con is making 50 million Americans totally or partially illiterate by using a method known not to work....
  • Reading: a Teacher's Epiphany

    01/16/2016 1:30:21 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 35 replies
    Education News and Views ^ | October 16, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    If you want to create an illiteracy crisis such as the one we are living through, you have to do two things. First of all, adopt ideas that do not work. Second, you have to brainwash young teachers into thinking these flawed ideas actually do work. In this way, you can manipulate your teachers into doing a bad job but they never know it. A public school teacher sent me this brief history of her decades in the classroom: "I began to notice students in the intermediate grades intermixing sight words. They would read words like ‘is’ as ‘the’…If I...
  • Why Kids Can't Read

    12/12/2015 4:43:44 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 64 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov. 25, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [SUMMARY: K-12 schools force children to learn to read the hard way. Therefore, few children learn to read.]--In all reading theories, there is a fundamental concept known as automaticity. This means you know or can do something instantly, automatically. Reading happens fast. If you do not know something with automaticity, you might as well not know it at all. So the question quickly becomes: what exactly are children supposed to learn (that is, memorize) with automaticity? Traditionally, children memorized 26 English letters. Virtually the entire population can do this in a month or two, even at a young age. At...
  • Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany

    11/09/2015 1:46:19 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    Education Views ^ | Oct. 16, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    If you want to create an illiteracy crisis such as the one we are living through, you have to do two things. First of all, adopt ideas that do not work. Second, you have to brainwash young teachers into thinking these ideas actually do work. In this way, you can manipulate your teachers into doing a bad job but they never know it. They remain gung-ho on the side of illiteracy. A public school teacher sent me this brief history of her decades in the classroom: 'I began to notice students in the intermediate grades intermixing sight words. They would...
  • I'm intrigued

    06/09/2015 3:43:49 AM PDT · by knarf · 34 replies
    e-mail ^ | June 9, 2015 | knarf
    Yesterday, at a neighbor's house, his 4th grade daughter read something very well and I asked her what grade she was in and complimented her on her reading .....
  • "Why reading IS phonics" (video)

    04/22/2015 1:48:12 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 21, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    This short graphic video explains why phonics is what matters, and almost everything else they add in the public schools is a waste of time. When possible, the Education Establishment will banish phonics on the grounds that it is irrelevant and doesn't work. But even when they admit some phonics into the schools, these malevolent ideologues will try to encumber the whole learning process to such a degree that children learn at half-speed, if they learn at all. All the phonics experts say they can teach almost all children to read in the first grade. That should be the gold...
  • Sight Words Are Evil

    02/14/2015 2:22:45 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 37 replies ^ | Feb. 7, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Do you agree? Good, then please pass this little summary to everyone you know. Or were you thinking, that’s crazy talk. Afraid not. It’s quite accurate, comparable to saying, “The sky is blue.” Reading instruction in our country has been insane and/or a criminal conspiracy for 80 years. The resulting illiteracy is a giant hemorrhaging wound. We cannot have a successful school system or a successful civilization unless children typically learn to read in the first grade or two. This is the 60th year since Rudolf Flesch wrote his famous book explaining why Johnny cannot read. Everything Flesch said in...
  • An Urgent Plea to our Local Media (and our local leaders)

    01/31/2015 4:11:38 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 24 replies
    bizversused.blogspot ^ | Jan 12, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    One of the saddest aspects of American society is how little most people know about education and how little they seem to care. We need to fix this. In fairness, we have to assign a lot of blame to our Education Establishment. They are great at confusing the public and sapping everyone’s spirit. Even the simplest activities are transmuted into murky mysteries. As many parents have found, they cannot understand the explanations provided by the school when children fail. They cannot help their children with even elementary-level homework. Secondly, we have to assign a lot of blame to our media....
  • A Funny Thing Happened In School Today

    12/13/2014 5:20:29 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 28 replies ^ | Sept. 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A funny thing happened in school today. Not funny ha-ha but funny as in bizarre and unexpected. Funny as in funny money. And not just today. Yesterday. Tomorrow. Every day. Every time a school teaches reading in a way that doesn't work. That's funny, right? You teach reading but somehow nobody learns to read? How funny can you get? And not just in any one school. No, this epic lack of progress is happening everywhere. Point to a school and you're probably looking at a dead zone literacy-wise. That's funny, right? A school's first job is to teach kids to...
  • Make sure your child is learning to read.

    09/23/2014 4:14:20 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 44 replies ^ | August 8, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Another school year is about to start. Let’s cut to the chase: if your kid comes home with list of sight-words to memorize, you better get involved right away. Reading is the single most important skill a kid needs to have. Our Education Establishment seems to have a cruel tendency to use the wrong methods, thereby guaranteeing that millions of children remain semiliterate. Don’t let your kid be one of them. There are hundreds of books on this tricky subject, but I’m going to boil it down to a few words: English is a phonetic language and it must be...
  • Reading: The Con Continues

    06/20/2014 3:47:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 6-20-14 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Not much is certain in life, but here are two things you can take to the bank. If you want a child to learn to read, phonics is the way that works. Second, you can be sure that our Education Establishment will try to keep phonics at a minimum and force children to memorize the English language one sight-word at a time. Where reading is concerned, the nonsense never stops. In his famous 1955 book Why Johnny Can’t Read, Rudolf Flesch said he looked at all the research. There were 11 studies from 1913 to 1948; in all of them,...
  • Bogus reading instruction is the 800-pound quack in many classrooms

    04/07/2014 5:14:33 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 34 replies
    Edarticle ^ | June 8, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The single most important aspect of education is reading.   If children are not reading, their entire education comes to a halt. That’s what has happened in millions of lives.  All the statistics for many decades reveal a curious surprise: our public schools don’t actually know how to teach reading or, more likely, they pretend not to know.  This is a bizarre scandal, especially given that children have been learning to read for thousands of years, and 100 years ago this country was thought to be moving toward universal literacy.   An odd thing happened circa 1931. The Education Establishment pushed look-say (or...
  • Imagine making children illiterate

    02/20/2014 3:43:06 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 22 replies
    EdArticle ^ | July 9, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Not all at once, by some surgical procedure. No, this will be a slow, subtle process, taking place over years. Every step will be conducted with utmost seriousness. Scientific validity will be claimed. Endless research will be constantly referenced. If there is little progress or outright failure, teachers always seem amazed, as if such a thing had never happened before. Principals explain that the school is doing everything it can, if only parents would help in this delicate training. Children and families will be told with absolute confidence: we use the best methods here and our students learn to be...
  • English Hieroglyphics are fun and easy to read

    10/22/2013 12:47:19 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 47 replies ^ | September 22, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Summary: easy way to understand sight-words.] Hey, wait a minute, you're thinking. There's no such thing as English hieroglyphics. There are Egyptian hieroglyphics, Sumerian hieroglyphics, maybe some others. But English? No way. Yeah, you know that. But does a six-year-old kid know that? Not hardly. You know what this means? The school system can pull a fast one. Teachers point to a word-– "house" -– and say, "This design is pronounced 'house.' Memorize it." Presto, that English phonetic word is now English hieroglyphics, simply by saying it is. That's what American public schools did circa 1930; they changed all English...
  • 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...
  • Reading is easy. (But you'll have to work if you want to make kids illiterate.)

    07/27/2013 2:03:54 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 27, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    On a literacy forum, a somewhat hostile teacher demanded to know if I was trying to frighten people? I answered: Yes, I am. I've studied Whole Word for almost 10 years. It doesn't work; it couldn't work. That our education establishment pushed this thing on people is a crime. If I can help frighten people away from it, that's good. As for phonics, people should understand that this is almost an umbrella term. In fact, I'm starting to think it's not so much a program or set of rules as a concept. If a kid knows that the letters on...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Only Community Leaders Can Save Our Schools

    02/09/2013 4:00:16 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 24 replies ^ | Feb. 2, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In 2007 Bill Gates said the public schools are a threat to the nation’s survival. They’re that bad. It’s important that community leaders of all kinds (but especially business executives) become involved in fixing what must be called a crisis. Your community needs you. It’s easy to help. Here’s how, in four steps: ------------------------------- I: START WITH A CLEAN INTELLECTUAL SLATE Public schools have been sinking into mediocrity for 70+ years. Statistics trend ever downward. Why? Let’s confront the obvious. The people at the top are grossly incompetent. Or their philosophy dictates that leducation’s true goal is leveling (i.e., dumbing...
  • Reading is Easy (Illiteracy is hard)

    01/09/2013 6:20:26 PM PST · by arthurus · 15 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 08 January 201 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    ...endless shock waves of intellectual disorientation. Here is jargon concocted by our elite experts during this long national nightmare: psycholinguistics, miscue analysis, reading strategies, comprehension strategies, whole word, guessing, picture reading, whole language, sight words, balanced literacy, reading readiness, word walls, active learning practices, closed instructional activities, high-frequency words, thinking and learning about print, invented spelling, reading recovery, emergent literacy, creative curriculum approach, functional systemic linguistic theory, rich literacy activities, authoring cycle, capability beliefs, post-reading, lifelong reader, cognitive flexibility theory, independent reading, kid watching. The drift of all this malarkey is that reading is a very difficult thing to do.
  • Why Americans Are Stupid

    01/01/2013 5:32:24 AM PST · by IbJensen · 99 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 1/1/2013 | Diane Alden
    After watching the viral video of the Obamaphone lady in October, I thought to myself — we are in a lot of trouble. It forced me to consider just how literate are the voters and people of the US. It’s very hard to tell given so few studies nail it down to specifics. For some reason the federal government does not want to get an exact account of how many illegal immigrants we have or how much illiteracy there is in the US. The census bureau delves into high school graduation levels, but not literacy rates. Perhaps because literacy and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Child Abuse: Sandusky, the Catholic Church, and the Education Establishment

    10/18/2012 2:03:42 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 6 replies
    Right side News ^ | Aug. 15, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [ARTICLE IS ABOUT READING] Everyone sees the parallel between the Jerry Sandusky case and the Catholic Church’s problems with pedophilia over the last several decades. Namely, there are unspeakable crimes well hidden by endless hypocrisy. A blogger writes: “This Sandusky story reminds of pedophilia among many priests of the Catholic Church, that were also swept under the rug for many, many years by Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals…and I hate to say it, all the way up to the movers and shakers of Catholicism at the Vatican!” A professor of history wrote in a recent column: “For a quarter-century, much of my...
  • Women Beat Men on IQ Tests for First Time... But Why??

    10/05/2012 3:11:56 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 4, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    American media are excitedly reporting that women are smarter than men, according to IQ tests. Not equal to men, supposedly the goal of feminism, but superior to men. That is quite a jump, all in a matter of decades. How could such a thing happen? After all, biology tells us that genes tend to be stable over generations. An ABC News blog reported: “James Flynn, a New Zealand-based researcher known as an IQ testing expert, said...that women have closed the gap and even inched ahead in this battle of the intelligent sexes...Deciding which is the smarter sex is an ever-controversial...
  • 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...
  • "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...
  • “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...
  • In The Clutches of the Sight-Word Monster

    01/02/2012 7:18:49 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 160 replies
    EdFrontier ^ | Dec. 20, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Prrice
    GOOD INSIGHTS ON WHY MILLIONS OF KIDS CAN'T READ. (A FOLLOW-UP FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN EARLIER POST TITLED "FAKE READING THEORY IS THE SLAVE TRADE OF OUR ERA.") The country continues to be plagued by illiteracy. The reason is simple. The country continues to be under the heel of some of the most reckless and reprehensible “experts” imaginable. They make little children memorize the SHAPES of words, which most little children simply can’t do. Ergo, these children experience major reading and cognitive problems.  Don Potter, the phonics guru and as well a teacher in Texas, recently sent me this illuminating...
  • Fake Reading Theory is the Slave Trade of Our Era

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

    09/13/2011 12:40:01 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 29 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Sept. 13, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The suspense is over. The contest for Most Revealing Newspaper Headline of the Year has already been won. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on September 4th, knocked out all the competition with this gem: “Reading climbs priority ladder”One of the nation’s great liberal newspapers reveals in no uncertain terms that reading has been nothing special in the state of Georgia for many decades. And even now, after an extraordinary effort by the new governor, it is going to be promoted only PARTWAY to where it belongs. This is an astonishing admission, and helps explain why one-third of public school students can’t read...
  • 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...
  • New Book On Phonics Explains How Logical English Is

    02/18/2011 1:01:50 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 79 replies ^ | Feb 15, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Following is review on Amazon::::: "Memo To Teachers: Come Back To Real Reading-- Starting in 1931, the Education Establishment unleashed Look-Say upon the children of the United States. The result was a rising tide of illiteracy. The number of functional illiterates now exceeds 50,000,000. The so-called experts who engineered this decline have shown a demonic cleverness in attacking the common sense of phonics, while piling up sophistries that supposedly justify the hoax of Whole Word or Sight Words. It is against this backdrop that Denise Eide writes her book "Uncovering the Logic of English." Eide quantifies our unnecessary crisis: "The...
  • 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...
  • The Lysenko School of Education

    10/30/2010 2:06:05 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies ^ | Oct. 29, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In mid-20th-century, the Communist Party wanted to believe that the environment could alter a species. The political payoff would be that Russia’s Communists could create a New Socialist Man in a generation or two. A scientist named Trofim Lysenko elaborated this theory in great detail; and Stalin pronounced it True. For several decades there were two kinds of genetics in the world, what the Communists believed and what the rest of the world practiced. Stalin simply declared that 2 + 2 equals 5, as in the famous scene in Orwell’s “1984,” and all the people under his power enthusiastically accepted...
  • “Learning Styles”--Has This Gimmick Gotten Out Of Hand?

    08/24/2010 7:01:51 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies ^ | August 15, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Here are opening paragraphs of new article on Title: “Learning Styles”--How Educators Divide And Conquer//// Imagine you have promoted a 100% bogus way to teach reading. Kids don’t learn to read; instead they end up functionally illiterate, learning-disabled, or dyslexic. How do you explain away all this failure, and come out looking good? You need a genius excuse that no one can see through. Does such genius actually exist? Of course. The Education Establishment came up with the concept called “reading readiness,” This con was among the most brilliant ever devised in the 20th century. If a child wasn’t...
  • Reading Wars: A Heart-Wrenching First-Person Account

    07/27/2010 1:12:37 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies ^ | July 22, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The following LETTER is from a 62-year-old grandmother who is now a full-time college student...If you already know the value of phonics, this account could still be passed on to inspire someone else...For those still not clear about phonics versus whole word, this account explains some complex issues in a personal way:---- “I started school in 1953, in the height of the ‘Dick and Jane’ era. I loved books from what my mother tells me, but by the time I was being taught to ‘read,’ it was whole-word and word association (picture has a name). As the books got harder...
  • Boys and Books (the final installment)

    06/10/2010 12:35:01 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies · 292+ views ^ | May 27, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Several earlier posts have evolved into “50: Leading Boys To Reading,” a new section on It’s of interest to parents who have a boy in school. There’s a list of books that most boys would like; some simple diagnostics to use when someone is avoiding books; and a column that first appeared on CanadaFreePress titled “Our Schools Are Skilled at Keeping Boys From Reading.” (The Left’s greatest victory may be that they were able to undermine reading so successfully for so many decades. Almost nobody can learn to read using sight-words, but that has been the official technique since...
  • The Crime of the Century: Creating 50,000,000 Functional Illiterates

    04/29/2010 12:47:37 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 48 replies · 786+ views ^ | July 10, 2009 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The best thing we can do for the country is to make sure all children read by the second grade. The Education Establshment continues to push non-phonetic methods that don’t work. Here’s a graphic video (only 3 minutes) that explains why Kindergarten Sight-Words Are Not A Good Idea. This hoax requires that children memorize words as SHAPES or graphic designs, as we all memorize flags, currency symbols, hieroglyphics, cars, etc. A few hundred is difficult but doable; a few thousand is beyond most people. Even then, it takes a lot of time, so all of education is undercut. Once parents...
  • “Sight Words??!! You Still Teach Sight Words??!!”

    04/21/2010 4:48:38 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 39 replies · 874+ views ^ | April 21, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A reading coach in California sent me this question: “I would like to know how you respond to teachers who are married to sight-word drills and describe their rationale as, ‘Well, there are just so many words that don't follow any rules.’” My answer is a longish rumination and probably not for the casual reader. But if you’ve wondered what Sight Words, Dolch Words, and the rest are really all about, this is a good place to start. Remember, our Education Establishment has spent 80 years promoting what I believe is a hoax and a crime, and in the process...
  • When Boys Don’t Read, Here’s What To Do

    04/07/2010 11:57:23 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 44 replies · 1,126+ views ^ | April 5, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I like it when the New York Times agrees with me. Nicholas Kristof’s recent column “Boys have fallen behind” (April 4) is an exact echo of my column on CanadaFreePress several weeks earlier (March 15). My piece was titled “Our Schools Are Skilled At Making Sure Boys Don’t Read." It’s longer, more aggressive, with more suggestions on how to deal with this very huge problem, namely, that boys don’t read well or they don’t read at all. If boys not reading is an aspect of your life, please see this article. [Link at end.] Now I want to mention the...
  • Boys do better than girls when taught under traditional reading methods (phonics)

    03/31/2010 5:08:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 59 replies · 865+ views
    London Evening Standard ^ | March 31, 2010
    Boys can learn to beat girls at reading if they are given old-fashioned teaching methods, claim psychologists. The use of more traditional phonetics-based lessons helps boys catch up with girls - even doing better on some tests - and prevents some children from needing 'special' schooling, according to new research findings. A study of synthetic phonics also found children from disadvantaged backgrounds do as well as those from better off homes. The research, presented at the British Psychological Society's annual conference in York, has underpinned changes being made in the nation's classrooms. They have been introduced after damning revelations that...