Since May 16, 2009
I write about education reform from a conservative or traditional point of view.
My specialty is explaining all the dysfunctional theories and methods used in our public schools. For example, sight-words to teach reading, Reform Math or Common Core Math to teach arithmetic; Constructivism to teach facts; and numerous other gimmicks that tend to undermine genuine education. Eliminate all these disingenuous ideas, and K-12 will immediately improve.
My main site is Improve-Education.org, which presents 70 original articles.
My new book is "Saving K-12 What happened to our public schools? How can we fix them?" On Amazon. This book provides a user's guide to understanding and improving our public school system. If you don't know what's going on in the schools, you can't hope to change anything. Knowledge is the best weapon.
My Pinterest page presents a quick way to learn about my work. Also a quick way to help friends find out what I'm typically writing about. https://www.pinterest.com/brucedeitrickp/save-k-12-the-reform-we-need/
My big topics are the decline of the public schools; the inefficiency of most of the common theories and methods; the tendency of the Education Establishment to engage in sabotage and subversion; and what steps we should take to improve. I've put 400 education articles, videos, and book reviews on the net.
All the articles led to am earlier 2012 book called THE EDUCATION ENIGMA, on Amazon.
Everything I've figured out so far is summarized as a BILL OF RIGHTS FOR STUDENTS 2018 (http://www.improve-education.org/id90.html)
I use twitter only to announce new articles: @educatt
I'm also working on literary projects (novels, poetry, etc.) My literary site is Lit4u.com. Literature For You.
Another attempt at summary is this:
Free The Schools
a simple four-step plan
Our Education Establishment has an 80-year record of praising and protecting bad pedagogies. Enough. Here is what we need instead, starting now:
1. REAL READING. That means systematic phonics for several months until children learn to read. That means no Whole Word, no sight-words, no Dolch words, no high-frequency words. These gimmicks are all the same thing and the reason we have 50 million functional illiterates.
2. REAL ARITHMETIC. Schools use sensible, coherent programs such as Saxon Math, Singapore Math, or the like. (They do not use Reform Math in any of its forms-- Everyday Math, Connected Math, TERC.) Children master basic skills, know the multiplication tables, and can find answers. No more spiraling, fuzziness, or dependence on calculators.
3. REAL LEARNING. Its knowledge-based and fact-filled. Children learn basic information in the fields of Geography, History, Science, Literature, etc. Students advance in a logical way from the simple to the complex--which leads to genuine critical thinking.
4. REAL EDUCATION. Its academically correct (as opposed to politically correct). The emphasis is on building study skills and scholarly character. Students know a great deal, and know how to learn more. They can do independent work. They understand that precision, rigor, and honesty are the same things.
FREE THE SCHOOLS is simply what all good schools have done throughout history and are now doing around the world. Good education is not rocket science. Get the asinine theories and methods out of the way. Real education will thrive. We especially need this in the early grades, where lots of children have to play catch-up.
If you can use this material or advance this campaign, please go ahead. If there are people or groups I should contact, leave info at: Word-Wise, 757-455-5020. Bruce Deitrick Price