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  • Jason Lewis' book or Michael Savage's book

    10/10/2010 6:33:59 PM PDT · by jdlucas04 · 8 replies
    Vanity | October 10, 2010 | jdlucas04
    I was just curious if you wouldn't mind giving your opinion(s) on which new book by which author Jason Lewis or Dr. Michael Savage(on at the same time) I should read. The books are called Power Divided is Power Checked and Trickle-up Poverty.
  • Reading Arabic 'hard for brain'

    09/04/2010 10:40:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/4/10 | Katie Alcock
    Israeli scientists believe they have identified why Arabic is particularly hard to learn to read. The University of Haifa team say people use both sides of their brain when they begin reading a language - but when learning Arabic this is wasting effort. The detail of Arabic characters means students should use only the left side of their brain because that side is better at distinguishing detail. (Snip) Both young children and adults call on both hemispheres to help them learn a new task. And using both hemispheres is the right thing to do when reading English or Hebrew -
  • “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...
  • Libraries fading as school budget crisis deepens

    06/24/2010 10:46:40 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 55 replies · 1+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 24 | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- Students who wished their school librarians a nice summer on the last day of school may be surprised this fall when they're no longer around to recommend a good book or help with homework. As the school budget crisis deepens, administrators across the nation have started to view school libraries as luxuries that can be axed rather than places where kids learn to love reading and do research.....
  • Can fart jokes help boys catch girls in reading? (I apologize for the headline)

    07/21/2010 9:39:17 AM PDT · by Daveinyork · 117 replies · 2+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 7-21-2010 | LEANNE ITALIE
    Can fart jokes save the reading souls of boys? You better hope so. Boys have lagged behind girls in reading achievement for more than 20 years, but the gender gap now exists in nearly every state and has widened to mammoth proportions -- as much as 10 percentage points in some, according to the Center on Education Policy. "It certainly should set off alarm bells," said the center's director, Jack Jennings. "It's a significant separation." Parents of reluctant readers complain that boys are forced to stick to stuffy required school lists that exclude nonfiction or silly subjects, or have teachers...
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    07/12/2010 10:39:11 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 170 replies · 6+ views
    Hi, everyone! It's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" survey. As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the more well-read groups currently on the Internet. Each quart, I like to find out what everyone is reading. It can be anything...a technical journal, a NY Times best-seller, a trashy pulp short, anything! Please do not ruin this thread by posting something inane like "I'm reading this post". It became very unfunny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm reading a historical biography called "John L Lewis: Labor Leader" by Robert Zieger. I have found...
  • Students Studying Less: Shocking Report

    07/09/2010 7:40:22 AM PDT · by mattstat · 9 replies
    new campus joke: “Dude, she was all like, ‘What’s that building? It’s, like, so big.’ And I go, ‘That’s the library. There’s like so many books.” Ha ha ha ha! Oh, how the tears roll down my face every time I hear that one. It’s the image conjured in the mind, you see. Those wacky kids actually know what the library is! Of course, knowing where the library was, what was in it, and intuiting the purpose of the objects held there used to be a commonplace. But now, according to Philip Babcock (UC Santa Barbara) and Mindy Marks (UC...
  • 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 Biggest Conspiracy Of All

    06/05/2010 1:41:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 21 replies · 579+ views ^ | June, 210 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [I just wrote this for GLP; but why should they have all the fun?] --------- DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY WE HAVE 50,000,000 FUNCTIONAL ILLITERATES?! I’ve been arguing for many years that the Biggest Mystery in American History is why the public schools can’t seem to do their basic job of educating the young. Lots of people say it’s bad luck, incompetence, unfortunate fads, and other similar answers that let the Education Establishment off the hook. I’ve become more comfortable with the notion that the people at the very top are not incompetent, rather they are conspiring to dumb down...
  • Summer Reading — Books Fit for the Season

    06/01/2010 7:31:55 AM PDT · by SLB · 5 replies · 561+ views
    Summer Reading — Books Fit for the Season ^ | 1 June 2010 | Dr Albert Mohler
    Check them out. Something there for everyone.
  • 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,...
  • Phonics vs. Whole Word: a Report from the Front Lines

    05/10/2010 1:30:02 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 36 replies · 1,061+ views ^ | November, 2009 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A teacher in New Jersey sent me a letter which will tell you, in a few minutes, more than you can stand to know about the idiocy loose in the public schools:----- “I am an ESL teacher for 29 years. This school year, I was asked by my principal to ‘push in’ to the classrooms where my students were, instead of pulling them out for regular ESL classes. Although I wasn't very happy about doing this, I learned a lot from this experience... They are teaching reading using the whole language approach. This method was introduced into my school system...
  • The Secrets Of Dumbing-Down Revealed

    05/03/2010 2:26:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 53 replies · 1,210+ views ^ | April 30, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Our Education Establishment is dumbing us down. How sad, sick, and pathetic. People calling themselves “educators” devote their careers to making sure no one is educated. Everyone has heard the complaints. But the fascinating question still remains: HOW DO THEY DO IT? Is it all just bumbling incompetence or do these people have secret techniques? One familiar technique is to remove content whenever possible from the schools. All right, that technique we can see. But for many years I’ve had the sense that deeper and weirder shenanigans were going on, but I couldn’t pinpoint them. Now I think I can....
  • 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...
  • Netanyahu: I’m Reading the Bible

    04/14/2010 12:48:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 1,343+ views
    inn ^ | 4/14/10 | staff
    ( Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with the World Bible Quiz participants Wednesday, including his son Avner who is in the finals, which is to be held on Independence Day.
  • 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...
  • Can Bad Education Inflict Brain Damage?? (AN UPDATE)

    03/26/2010 12:49:54 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 28 replies · 592+ views ^ | March 19, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Last week I posted background on FreeRepublic about a column published elsewhere titled “Education as Neurotoxin.” This column tries to explain why the US has 50 million functional illiterates and 1 million dyslexics. Were these people born this way? Or had bad education methods produced the impairments? Someone left a half-dozen irate comments insisting I was “delusional,” “illogical,” “irrational,” “nonsensical,” etc. I’m not sure which part offended him most, 1) that sight-words cause mental problems; 2) or that the far-left could knowingly promote the use of destructive educational methods. This commenter embraced the Dolch Dogma that kids must memorize 300...
  • "School-Induced Mental Impairment (SIMI): reality or delusion?"

    03/24/2010 12:29:26 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies · 255+ views
    Education Improved blog ^ | March 24, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    "Last week I posted background on FreeRepublic about a column published months earlier titled “Education as Neurotoxin.” This column tries to explain why the US has 50 million functional illiterates and 1 million dyslexics. Were these people born this way? Or had bad education methods caused the impairments? (In which case, our enemies never needed to put fluoride, etc., in the water as our public schools were already harming the nation’s intelligence.) Someone left a half-dozen bitter comments insisting I was “delusional,” “illogical,” “irrational,” “nonsensical,” etc. I’m not sure which part offended him most, that sight-words cause mental problems; or...
  • Can Bad Education Inflict Brain Damage?

    03/19/2010 12:17:20 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 110 replies · 1,257+ views ^ | November 10, 2009 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    As a teenager, I heard rumors that the Russians put flouride in drinking water, presumably to wreck our minds and make us easier to control. I heard this only a few times; and I never heard of evidence. As I said, rumors. But as I’ve researched and written about education a great deal, those rumors have come back into my thoughts. And here is what I want to report to you today: the Russians had absolutely no need to put flouride or anything else in the water. Ever since 1932, they had look-say in our public schools! As subtle poisons...