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  • 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...
  • A World Without Teachers

    12/26/2011 8:23:52 AM PST · by Discoshaman · 113 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2011 | Richard Miniter
    The Kindle and Nook may make for not only the most important advance in reading since Gutenberg, but also, quite likely, a major lesson in unintended consequences. Especially for the educational establishment, because for the first time in history, Americans should be able to envision a future without public-school teachers -- indeed, a future without public-school administrators or state departments of education with their rigidly enforced, politically correct social-transformation curriculum. A future without onerous school taxes, "education president(s)," self-preening school boards, or million-dollar classrooms. But most happily, a future without a single supercilious finger wagging in our face as we're...
  • 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...
  • Going to College Uninformed is Like Sitting on a Frozen Pole with No Pants On: Stupid

    12/14/2011 8:42:35 AM PST · by gabriellah · 13 replies
    TheCollegeConservative Blog ^ | 12/14/2011 | Zachary Freeman
    American conservatives should think long and hard about where they send their kids to college. It’s a serious matter. After all, what can you become these days without a degree? If the Left has their way—if you obtain a college degree in due time—you WILL become a liberal. I fully realize that this has the potential to sound incredibly hypocritical coming from someone who is currently attending college – specifically someone who edits a publication comprised entirely of collegiate writers. But you’ll soon see why the awkward position I am in is entirely necessary.
  • The Greatest English Teacher

    12/07/2011 7:11:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 7, 2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    The Rev. John Becker, S.J., sat at the front of the classroom, paperback in hand, glasses pushed to the end of his nose. As he spoke, he looked intently from one student to another. “This semester, I am going to teach you how to read 'King Lear,'” he said. “It may be Shakespeare’s most difficult play. But it has a powerful message to tell.” When we were done reading “Lear,” the priest promised, we would not only understand it, but we would have learned the secret of understanding any thing written in English -- anything, that is, with a meaning...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Education Question

    12/06/2011 12:13:39 PM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Education Question 1092. Speaking of education, what is the real reason for Catholic antipathy to our state schools? Whatever others may think of our public policy of free, compulsory, and secular education, Catholics cannot in conscience accept that system as being suitable for the education of Catholic children. The real reason is that the religious training of the children is not sufficiently provided for, the time allotted for religion being quite inadequate, even were it utilized. The State system demands the "3 R's," reading, writing and arithmetic. Catholic principles demand the "4 R's," religion, reading, writing and arithmetic; and...
  • Humbled by a Teenager

    12/03/2011 4:14:00 PM PST · by hawkins · 2 replies · 1+ views
    That Christian Website ^ | 12/03/2011 | Travis Main
    Life sure can be funny.  You have ups, you have downs, and you have to be certain not to get hung up anywhere along the way.  I have been blessed over the years to teach, preach, and write for a variety of venues.  Whether it has been large or small congregations; classrooms with little kids, teens, or adults; a prison facility; outdoors in a park; VBS gatherings; camps; senior centers; online forums and websites, or in someone’s home, the gospel has been spread in earnest.   Sometimes folks grab on to the gospel with complete gusto!  Most times they can...
  • A Bold Way to Save Education in America

    12/02/2011 5:15:24 AM PST · by 1010RD · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Godfather Politics ^ | November 12, 2011 | Art Robinson
    The American tradition of public education began in one-room school houses when frontier farm families hired dedicated teachers to teach their children. When I attended public schools in the 1950s, I received an excellent education. American schools were rated the best in the world. Those schools prepared me for Caltech, and Caltech prepared me for a wonderful life in science. I owe my career and accomplishments to the great start I received in the public schools. Those public schools were locally controlled and locally funded. Teachers and parents worked together on the content of curriculum, student discipline, and all aspects...
  • Can Computers Replace Classrooms?[K12 hires lobbyists contributes to politicians back school choice]

    11/27/2011 6:32:17 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 24 replies
    TheFiscalTimes ^ | November 27, 2011 | By LYNDSEY LAYTON and EMMA BROWN, The Washington Post
    A Virginia company leading a national movement to replace classrooms with computers — in which children as young as 5 can learn at home at taxpayer expense — is facing a backlash from critics who are questioning its funding, quality and oversight. K12 Inc. of Herndon has become the country’s largest provider of full-time public virtual schools, upending the traditional American notion that learning occurs in a schoolhouse where students share the experience. In K12’s virtual schools, learning is largely solitary, with lessons delivered online to a child who progresses at her own pace. Conceived as a way to teach...
  • Report cards out again, and, yes, I'm complaining again (vanity)

    11/18/2011 1:45:25 AM PST · by MacMattico · 87 replies
    So my student gets the report card today and quite frankly expects her high 90 gpa to continue. All of the grades I've seen have been high. She wanted to keep her average, each quarter, above a 90 to receive a special award at the end of the year for never having a quarterly average below 90 in the past 4 years. It's a big deal to the kids, I know it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things, but it's important to them. Two years ago, I found grading errors (averaging and such) and had to complain...
  • My Teacher Is an App (Public Online Schools)

    11/13/2011 2:34:49 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 12, 2011 | STEPHANIE BANCHERO and STEPHANIE SIMON
    ... In a radical rethinking of what it means to go to school, states and districts nationwide are launching online public schools that let students from kindergarten to 12th grade take some—or all—of their classes from their bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. Other states and districts are bringing students into brick-and-mortar schools for instruction that is largely computer-based and self-directed. In just the past few months, Virginia has authorized 13 new online schools. Florida began requiring all public-high-school students to take at least one class online, partly to prepare them for college cybercourses. Idaho soon will require two. In Georgia,...
  • The Decline of American History in Public Schools

    10/22/2011 6:14:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 115 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 22, 2011 | Daniel Doherty
    A few weeks ago, several friends and I braved the impending rainstorm and went to the National Book Festival on the Washington Mall. The purpose of attending -- besides the obvious reason of wanting to stand in the company of Hollywood actors, renowned historians and poet laureates -- was to hear David McCullough speak. As one of the nation’s most prolific writers, and author of numerous biographies including John Adams and Truman -- David McCullough is also one of only a handful of Americans to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. While there was always an interest, it wasn’t until...
  • Failing Schools: Not About Poverty, Parents (it's teacher's unions)

    09/15/2011 8:36:31 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 8 replies
    Steve Perry thinks you've been lied to. The CNN education contributor says that nearly every common premise used to explain underperforming schools -- the challenges of poverty, a lack of parental involvement, an underfunded public system -- is false. As the principal of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., which sends 100 percent of its mostly black and Latino students to four-year colleges, Perry argues that every American child can have those same chances. We know what works. The only thing standing in the way of progress, he says, is the control that teachers' unions wield over the...
  • One in four primary schools still has no male teachers

    09/01/2011 11:35:46 PM PDT · by EnglishCon · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/02/2011 | BBC News
    "There are just 48 male teachers in state nurseries. Education Secretary Michael Gove said more male teachers were needed but they were put off by worries that teacher-pupil contact was a "legal minefield"."
  • Confessions of a bad teacher

    08/30/2011 2:18:13 PM PDT · by flowerplough · 31 replies
    Salon ^ | 29 Aug | Owens
    I took a job in the NYC public school system because I wanted to make a difference. I ended up living a nightmare. ... The next day, I told my 8th graders that unless they quieted down, I would hold them after school. It didn't work. Tried again. And again. Finally, as the school day ended, I stood by the door. "No one is leaving." I said. "You're all staying after school for 10 minutes." But eight and a half minutes into this after-school faceoff, Ms. P pushed her way in. "What is going on here?!" she shouted, her mouth...
  • U.S. Students Have Horrible History Test Scores (And What Should Be Done About It!)

    08/09/2011 4:45:04 PM PDT · by bthockey · 38 replies · 3+ views
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 8/8/11 | Bryan Thomas
    For those of your who haven't found out yet, American students don't know basic history of their own country. I can't say I find this surprising because no one in my school is really that excited about history, let alone American history. I think this is a major problem with our schools and one that we must fix! The National Assessment of Educational Progress tests students every couple years to see if our education system is headed in the right direction. If we dive into the stats, it's clear to see that students have horrendous history test scores. Only 12...
  • 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...
  • The "Gay History Law" Elevates the Irrelevant

    07/27/2011 5:31:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | July 27, 2011 | Michael Medved
    Thanks to California's newly-enacted "Gay History" law, William Rufus Devane King will finally receive the comprehensive classroom attention that previous generations of educators had so cruelly denied. This thoroughly obscure Dixie politician left behind no major accomplishments or stirring speeches, but he represents precisely the sort of forgotten figure the Golden State legislation means to emphasize in retelling the story of America for an enlightened new generation: many experts believe that King might well qualify as the nation’s first gay vice president. In signing the bill last week, Governor Jerry Brown denounced "discrimination in education” and insisted “history should be...
  • How America Dropped The Baton

    07/18/2011 7:09:08 AM PDT · by Stalwart · 15 replies
    Daily Inter Lake, Kalispell , MT ^ | Sat Jul 16, 2011. | FRANK MIELE
    It is this picture which must inform our discussion of education as we try to understand why the America of 2011 looks nothing like the America of 1911. Somewhere along the way, the baton of proud American traditions, brilliant accomplishments and upstanding virtues became a thing of shame and ridicule. Our schools, teachers and yes our parents have more and more questioned our long-held values, and have substituted expedient excuses for eternal truths.
  • The Mythical "Good" Government Teacher Lives in the Land of Unicorns!

    07/06/2011 2:28:36 PM PDT · by wintertime · 69 replies
    July 6, 2011 | wintertime
    The following applies to ALL government teachers in a GENERAL manner and is NOT NOT NOT directed at any individual here on Free Republic: Haven't we read many times, here on Free Republic, that there are many "good" teachers in our government K-12 schools. Really? Is that so? Then how can the following be "good"? Every day, ALL government teachers **willingly** go into government schools and **willingly** take a paycheck for teaching their students to think and reason godlessly. The government schools BY LAW are godlessly secular in their worldview. The children must learn to think and reason godlessly merely...
  • History Books Get Gay Makeover

    07/07/2011 4:50:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | July 7, 2011 | Michael Reagan
    According to a shocking news report, California legislators have enacted legislation that gives the state the dubious distinction of being the first state in the nation to require public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in their social studies curriculum. We can be certain that one result of this ill-advised move will subject kids to a form of what CIA spooks call "blow back" -- an inevitable result of a specific action. When I was a youngster I was teased and bullied for being an adopted child. In view of my personal experiences, should we add the...
  • Another report tackles higher ed 'solutions' (UT fires back at Gov Perry)

    07/06/2011 12:45:59 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 6, 2011 | JEANNIE KEVER
    Nearly three years after Gov. Rick Perry held a little-noticed meeting with regents from university systems around the state, it's game on in the fight for higher education. The college of liberal arts at the University of Texas...weighed in today, releasing a...rebuttal to the market-driven approach favored by the governor and some of his supporters. The centerpiece of the movement, known as the "seven breakthrough solutions" and promoted by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, calls for treating students as "customers," judging faculty by how many students they teach and how those students rate them, and de-emphasizing research that doesn't...
  • Homework: A New Form of Racism in Los Angeles

    06/27/2011 1:00:45 PM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 37 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 6/27/11 | Brian Koengi
    Beginning July 1, homework will officially be considered a racist form of grading in the Los Angeles Unified School District. How the hell is homework racist, you ask? According to the Los Angeles Times, the racial make-up and urban geographic of certain students can make homework a discriminatory way of grading for some students over others. The Blaze reported: “Beginning July 1, 2011, homework assignments will comprise no more than 10% of a student’s academic achievement grade,” a memo issued last month states. It goes on to lay out the reasoning: “It is unfair to penalize or reward students for...
  • Self-regulating students -- easier said than done in Norwegian schools

    06/27/2011 11:46:54 AM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies
    University of Gothenburg ^ | June 27, 2011 | Unknown
    Pupils are expected to use effective self-regulation skills to take responsibility for their learning success. Since the 1990s this has been the guiding principle in the Norwegian school system. Yet a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that this idea falls flat on its face in real life since relatively few pupils are up for the task. Since the 1990s, policy documents and visions in the Norwegian school system have largely been based on the idea of pupils and students at all levels taking responsibility for their own learning and skills. This guiding principle has even...
  • Los Angeles gives up on homework

    06/27/2011 8:13:40 AM PDT · by van_erwin · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2011 | Howard Blume
    Vanessa Perez was a homework scofflaw. The Marshall High School senior didn't finish all of it — largely because she worked 24 hours a week at a Subway sandwich shop. Alvaro Ramirez, a junior at the Santee Education Complex, doesn't have his own room and his mother baby-sits young children at night. "They're always there and they're always loud," he said, explaining his challenges with homework. The nation's second-largest school system has decided to give students like these a break. A new policy decrees that homework can count for only 10% of a student's grade. Critics — mostly teachers —...
  • It's Official: Public Schools are Obsolete

    06/20/2011 9:40:15 AM PDT · by RobRoy · 98 replies
    Khan Academy ^ | Vanity (mostly) | Robroy
    As futurists observe the usage and functionality of the internet, more and more of us have predicted an end to the relevance of Public schools. Well, the Khan Academy site may be the first clear indicator that public schools really are a dead institution walking. Imagine a future world where, via a home computer, laptop, tablet or even smart phone you can access your own personal curriculum of k-12 level class work complete with lectures, follow up questions and help? Imagine it also covers subjects that public school seldom covers, like the intricacies of how banking works? Well, a friend...
  • Why Should I Study the Old Testament?

    06/18/2011 6:47:10 AM PDT · by Amerisrael · 70 replies
    Enrichment Journal ^ | J. Birney Dibble
    A few years ago when I was on the mission field, a fellow missionary said, “I don’t find the Old Testament much help in my work. So I seldom read it and have never really studied it.” When he saw my eyebrows go up a few inches, he added, “Look, my call from the Lord was to take Jesus to the people of this country who have never heard of Him.” Recently, a member of my Bible study said, “I suppose I should know more about the Old Testament, but I don’t really see what it has to do with...
  • Fox News: “What Are There Chances For Employment?”

    05/16/2011 8:07:36 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 34 replies
    ArticlesBase ^ | May 16, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I was in the gym yesterday. No sound. I’m reading the screen. The first three readings didn’t makes sense. What is there to do in Miami? I tried to force the sentence into that mold. I focused on each letter...Oh, they meant THEIR. Maybe it’s a small thing but I admit my head was spinning a little. This is Fox News. The world is watching. Supposedly a conservative network, so they should care about language. Presumably they hire only the best editors and writers. But these poor bumblers can’t write basic English. OMG! First, let’s congratulate the Education Establishment. I’ve...
  • Pope begins new Wednesday teaching series on prayer (Catholic Caucus)

    05/04/2011 12:02:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | May 4, 2011 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI / Photo Credit Mazur Vatican City, May 4, 2011 / 11:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has revealed the theme for his next series of weekly Wednesday audiences.  “I want to start a new series of catechesis on a subject that is very dear to us all: the topic of prayer,” he told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square May 6. Over the past two years Pope Benedict has been exploring the lives of the saints. That series of talks concluded last month. Hence the announcement of a new topic based on the request of the...
  • Free Schools: the stake in the heart of the Progressive vampire

    05/06/2011 12:30:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 6. 2011 | James Delingpole
    Last night I saw the future of education in Britain – and it worked. The occasion was the launch of Katharine Birbalsingh’s free school in Lambeth, South London. As a local parent I was naturally very interested in this because at the moment round these parts you have two options when your kids turn 11: either you consign them to the dustbin of whichever failing state school you’re unlucky enough to get them into. Or you consign yourself to an old age of misery and penury by forking out for one of the many excellent local private schools. Having just...
  • Conventional Education Will Go the Way of Farming

    04/15/2011 7:17:56 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies
    Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | April 15, 2011 | Mises Daily
    Food is vital for survival, yet less than 2 percent of America's population works in agriculture. That's a big change from 100 years ago, when over 40 percent of the workforce was toiling away on the farm. If I had been born at the start of the 20th century in Kansas, rather than at the end of the 1950s, no doubt my life would have been spent on the farm. Agriculture was labor-intensive then, requiring plenty of strong backs, human and animal alike. In addition to nearly half the human workforce, 22 million animals worked the fields. Now 5 million...
  • What Students Learn and Don't Learn (Academic Dumbing Down Alert)

    04/08/2011 10:40:49 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 1 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | April 8, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafly
    What Students Learn and Don't Learn By Phyllis Schlafly If you are attending college to get teacher certification, you will probably be required to attend classes on "multicultural education." This is supposed to bring diversity to the classroom and prepare teachers to teach pupils of various ethnic or national backgrounds. The textbooks in these courses typically include Teachers as Cultural Workers by Paulo Freire, a Brazilian socialist who preached that society is divided into oppressors and oppressed. Other required readings teach that Americans are an institutionally racist society and are designed to train teachers to create political radicals to...
  • Are Teachers Not 'Treated With Respect' by Taxpayers?

    03/16/2011 5:56:11 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 94 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/14/2011 | Tom Gantert
    The Grand Rapids Press recently interviewed public school teachers who asserted that their profession is losing respect and they are treated like scapegoats. Michigan Capitol Confidential looked at some of the comments made by the teachers and then examined what the typical compensation and benefits are for educators in their district with similar years of experience. Caledonia Public Schools: Quote to newspaper: “It used to be that teachers were treated with respect,” said Pat Gillies, a physical education teacher and coach at Caledonia High School. “I've been doing this 15 years, and I've seen a lot of changes. I just...
  • America’s College Obsession : The layers of folly surrounding the quest for college

    03/04/2011 7:16:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/04/2011 | Mona Charen
    Andy Ferguson, one of America’s most engaging and perspicacious journalists, has not — as André Malraux said of Whittaker Chambers — returned from the hell of college admissions with empty hands. In Crazy U, his chronicle of his son’s senior year of high school — a year of college visiting, applications, essay writing, open-house attending, interviewing, financial-aid seeking, and waiting, waiting, waiting — is by turns hilarious, shrewd, and revealing. The “crazy” in the book’s title refers to our national obsession with college — a little piece of insanity to which Ferguson is more prone than most. Preoccupied by his...
  • 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...
  • It's the Teachers, Stupid!

    02/18/2011 6:26:53 AM PST · by NCjim · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 18, 2011 | Jack Curtis
    Unionized teachers outnumber other government workers and run the schools in every state; why do we keep on accepting their decades of miserable results? A careless airline pilot, a lazy waitress, a crash-prone cabdriver, an unproductive salesman, an innumerate cashier will all have to find other work; poor teachers keep teaching and receiving raises as years go by and kids don't learn. Of course; they, with their unions, run the show. Adam Smith prophesied when he wrote The Wealth of Nations, saying of professors in 1776: If the authority to which he is subject resides in the body corporate, the...
  • GOP voice joins curriculum debate (Texas)

    02/17/2011 2:39:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 16, 2011 | Gary Scharrer
    [snip] The new Texas curriculum standards represent a hodge-podge of names motivated by partisan politics, the Fordham Institute said in its report. Civil rights groups protested the new standards, which they claim distort history and shortchange the contributions of minorities. The Texas chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a complaint last year with the U.S. Department of Education, asking the agency to take legal action if Texas tries to implement the new standards. The complaint still is being evaluated, a department spokesman said. [snip] "The State...
  • Teaching, Preaching, Healing (REAL Mormon/LDS)

    02/16/2011 7:31:32 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 12 replies ^ | Jeffrey R. Holland
    Teaching, Preaching, Healing     By Elder Jeffrey R. HollandOf the Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesJeffrey R. Holland, "Teaching, Preaching, Healing", Ensign, Jan. 2003, 33  Adapted from an address given at a Church Educational System religious educators conference at Brigham Young University on 8 August 2000.   We quickly and rightfully think of Christ as a teacher—the greatest teacher who ever lived or ever will live. The New Testament is full of His teachings, His sayings, His sermons, His parables. One way or another, He is a teacher on every page of that book. But even as He taught, He was consciously doing something...
  • The Miseducation of America

    02/16/2011 10:44:51 AM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 18 replies
    Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield ^ | Feb. 15, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    The last two years have been another reminder that education is not equivalent to competence, intelligence or experience, let alone wisdom, as an administration of people who have hardly held actual jobs outside of academia have proven that they are very good at assigning blame and conducting internal rivalries, and absolutely terrible at everything else. William F. Buckley famous opined that he would "sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University". We have spent the last two...
  • Don't Tell the Children: Homeschoolers' Best-Kept Secret

    02/16/2011 9:54:12 AM PST · by Fiji Hill · 20 replies
    The Horn Book Magazine ^ | September, 2008 | Sherry Early
    Don’t Tell the Children: Homeschoolers’ Best-Kept Secret BY SHERRY EARLY Homeschoolers are a rather independent lot, almost cantankerously so. So to say that all homeschoolers do, well, anything, would be a mistake. However, I would venture to say that most homeschoolers love books. For most, books are the primary educational resource, although computers are running a close second these days. But don’t tell the children. You see, my homeschooled children and those of my homeschooling friends haven’t been let in on the secret that Books Are School. They sort of think our house is furnished with wall-to-wall books just...
  • Ever Wonder Why Public Schools Are So Dysfunctional??

    02/11/2011 4:35:15 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 68 replies · 1+ views ^ | Feb 4, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The "Top 10 Worst Ideas In Education," according to new article on -------------------------------------- Bill Gates said public schools are so bad they are a threat to the national economy and the society’s long-term survival. Why does he think this? What is it that most needs fixing? Herewith the 10 worst ideas in public education: 1) BOGUS READING INSTRUCTION --- Whole Word, Sight Words, and Dolch Words (there are many aliases) have created 50 million functional illiterates, for the simple reason that this method does not work. (No one learns to read fluently with Sight-Words. Some people learn to read,...
  • Educating Our Children: The Evolution of Home Schooling

    02/09/2011 9:07:21 AM PST · by Sopater · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 09, 2011
    Anne Gebhardt’s kids are learning about geography -- in her dining room in Bedford, Texas. It’s not your typical schoolhouse, but it’s one that Gebhardt says is serving her six children well. "We can teach our religious values to our children freely,” says Gebhardt. “We can teach anything that we want." Gebhardt is part of a growing trend. Across the county, an estimated 1.5 million children are home schooled and that number's growing. In the span of eight years, home schooling has grown nationally by almost 75 percent. The reasons parents choose to home school vary. According to the National...
  • US Textbooks: Muslims Discovered America

    01/22/2011 10:42:23 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 64 replies · 2+ views
    “This is a very disturbing video about how our high school students are being brainwashed by Moslems in favor of Islam because our textbook publishers, school principals and teachers do not have the knowledge about Islam to know what is true and what is false. The textbooks are loaded with false positive statements about Islam and false negative statements about Christianity and Judaism.”

    01/20/2011 10:09:29 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 19, 2011 | Deborah Lambert
    Forget America’s spending crisis. Ignore America’s education crisis. The latest teaching tool to show up in America’s classrooms is the Apple iPad, a product that many educators seem to view as the magic potion that will ignite a lifetime of learning for our nation’s students. At Roslyn High School on Long Island where the first 47 iPads were handed out to students several weeks ago, the school district apparently aims to provide iPads to all 1,100 students, according to the New York Times. “It allows us to extend the classroom beyond these four walls,” noted English teach Larry Reiff, who...
  • Arizona's Ban on Racist 'Ethnic Studies' Classes Takes Effect Jan 1st

    12/31/2010 10:00:26 AM PST · by montag813 · 14 replies
    Stand With Arizona (YouTube) ^ | 12-31*-2010 | Stand With Arizona (Facebook)
    AZ's ban on racist and treasonous "ethnic studies" courses in schools takes effect Jan 1st. NPR talks to both sides but fails to tell viewers what is actually taught. Find out in this expose by former (Hispanic) teacher John Ward of what La Raza and MEChA did to the Tucson schools: Kudos to AG-elect Tom Horne and Jan Brewer for stopping this anti-American travesty. YouTube link: With Arizona Facebook Page
  • A Conservative’s Radical Reform Plan for American Education - Three Modest Proposals

    12/31/2010 10:05:43 AM PST · by PhilosopherStone1000 · 14 replies
    Self | 12/31/2010 | PhilStone
    A Conservative’s Radical Reform Plan for American Education - Three Modest Proposals "The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." – G. K. Chesterton In 1984, following the publication of A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Education Reform, a publication of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, I attended an education seminar in which speaker after speaker kept demanding more to address the problems outlined in the study: more money, more school days during the year, longer school days. Then one speaker got...
  • 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,...
  • Living By The Spirit... Romans 8

    But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Romans 8:11-13) What is the current state of the Christian? How can it be that there is no condemnation for us, when we know...
  • Rome Will Kick Your Butt--TV Series

    11/04/2010 3:02:22 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 41 replies · 1+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | Oct 30, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    (Television series proposal, submitted to History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, Learning Channel, Disney, et al, by Word-Wise Productions.) Marketing context: American public education has been dumbed down, neutered, rendered dull and boring. Little is taught. One thing especially is not taught. History. There is thus an unfed hunger for History real, raw, and revelatory. Everything that makes children and adults love History has been eliminated from History. Starting in the 1920s, progressive educators used a gimmick called Social Studies to constrict the teaching of History. Less was taught, and taught in a less interesting way. Throughout the 20th century History...
  • The Real Reason Why Johnny Can’t Read

    10/12/2010 9:20:47 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies · 1+ views
    It is news to no one that our educational system sucks. American students are consistently out-performed by students in other countries year after year. Why? Liberals, progressives, socialists, communists, “compassionate” conservatives (i.e., neocons, RINOs, liberal Republicans) , teacher unions, and other leftist groups would like you to believe that it is some combination of bad schools, teachers, and financing. The solution, as they see it, is to engage in a game of Three Card Monty where students are shuffled from schools that are “failing” them, to schools that will allow them to “succeed” –as though success is a magical elixir...