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  • American Indian Oral Traditions and Ohio's Earthworks

    08/28/2014 6:21:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Ohio History Connection Archaeology Blog ^ | August 25, 2014 | Brad Lepper
    ...So, while my Journal of Ohio Archaeology paper concludes rather pessimistically that there are no documented early American Indian traditions that speak reliably to the original purpose and meaning of the ancient earthworks, there is no reason to believe that traditional stories of contemporary tribes with historic roots in the eastern Woodlands could not include themes and elements that echo, if faintly, traditions of the Hopewell culture. And if that’s conceivable, and I think it is, then it would be worthwhile to look for them... One reason why it’s important to take seriously what American Indians have had to say...
  • Reform Math Must be Destroyed Root and Branch

    07/04/2014 1:37:17 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 10, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Education Establishment went way too far, and this has presented the country with a unique opportunity for real improvement of the public schools. As never before, parents across the United States will tell you emphatically that they hate Common Core, and they especially hate Common Core Math. The Education Establishment will try to maneuver around this revulsion. Compromises will be offered. The same dumb ideas will be repackaged as something new and wonderful. The challenge is to refuse to compromise. Sometimes a good thing, compromise is now the biggest threat to genuine reform. Our Education Establishment has been selling...
  • Biblical Illiteracy in U.S. at Crisis Point, Says Bible Expert

    06/17/2014 12:34:55 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 23 replies
    Chirstian Post U.S. ^ | June 16, 2014 | Lillian Kwon
    For the past 15 years that Kenneth Berding has been teaching the New Testament, he admits that his students have always had little knowledge about the Bible. But today, he says, biblical illiteracy has reached a crisis point. "All the research indicates that biblical literacy in America is at an all-time low," Berding, professor of New Testament at Biola's Talbot School of Theology, told The Christian Post. "My own experience teaching a class of new college freshman every year for the past 15 years suggests to me that although students 15 years ago knew little about the Bible upon entering...
  • In Memory of Trayvon, Rachel Jeantel Keeps Her Promise: Key witness graduates from high school

    05/30/2014 2:01:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | May 30, 2014 | Nicole Phillip
    Donning a white cap and gown, Rachel Jeantel came through on a promise to her late friend, Trayvon Martin, this Friday. She graduated from high school. Jeantel was the last to speak to 17-year-old Martin, moments before the unarmed teenager was shot dead by George Zimmerman in 2012. Jeantel later served as a key witness for the prosecution. Unlike those that mocked Jeantel’s speech and mannerisms during the trial, Martin allegedly never judged Jeantel for her personality or the way she spoke. According to Jeantel, Martin “cared about you. That’s a good human.” Miami defense and civil rights attorney...
  • 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...
  • Rep. Jackson Lee: ‘We’ll Give President Obama a Number of Executive Orders

    02/04/2014 5:55:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/4/14 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says that the newly launched Congressional Full Employment Caucus will “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.” Jackson Lee made the statement while gathered with Democrats on January 29th to announce the establishment of the Full Employment Caucus. “We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” Jackson Lee said. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he...
  • CNN analysis: Some college athletes play like adults, read like 5th-graders

    01/08/2014 6:41:06 AM PST · by RightGeek · 134 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/7/2014 | Sara Ganim
    (CNN) -- Early in her career as a learning specialist, Mary Willingham was in her office when a basketball player at the University of North Carolina walked in looking for help with his classwork. He couldn't read or write. "And I kind of panicked. What do you do with that?" she said, recalling the meeting. Willingham's job was to help athletes who weren't quite ready academically for the work required at UNC at Chapel Hill, one of the country's top public universities. But she was shocked that one couldn't read. And then she found he was not an anomaly. Soon,...
  • Education’s New Gettysburg Address

    12/21/2013 4:27:57 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies
    edfrontier.Blogspot.com ^ | Dec, 21, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Four score and seven years ago our progressives brought forth in this country a new notion, conceived in socialism, and dedicated to the proposition that all students must be created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil debate, testing rather that notion, or any notion so arbitrary and totalitarian, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that debate. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for the ideologues who here told lies that this infamous notion might live. It is altogether fitting and propitious that we...
  • English Hieroglyphics are fun and easy to read

    10/22/2013 12:47:19 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 44 replies
    Rantrave.com ^ | 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...
  • Nation Still At Risk. Elite educators seem to prefer mediocrity.

    07/20/2013 2:07:44 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 39 replies
    Education Improved blog ^ | July 18, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Thirty years ago, a panel of distinguished experts concluded that US public schools were so bad they could be an enemy attack. The famous Nation at Risk Report stated: "If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.” Thirty years later, nothing has improved. Probably the opposite. (“Nation is at Greater Risk. But everyone pretends not to know why." A new Examiner article explains why our schools don't improve. Link below.) We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of...
  • Doc. Released by San Diego Council on Literacy Reveals Hidden Crisis Related to Adult Illiteracy

    07/08/2013 3:26:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Keeping with its mission to deepen the community’s understanding of adult illiteracy in the region, the San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL) today released Voices and Faces: Literacy in San Diego. This dramatic new documentary tells the story of 13 adults, whose inability to read kept them from meeting their personal and professional needs and achieving their life goals. These 13 people represent the hundreds of thousands of adults in San Diego County and the countless more in America who go through life facing unimaginable obstacles. Often times, they are too embarrassed to tell anyone and live with a painful...
  • Zimmerman Update Exclusive—Mid-Day 4—West’s Cross-Examination of Rachel Jeantel (Can't read!)

    06/27/2013 4:26:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | June 27, 2013 | Andrew Branca
    Hey folks, We’re trying something different for today’s mid-day update. Rather than write a bunch of text, I’ve imbedded below some of the more key tweets I’ve made over the course of the morning. (This has the benefit of giving me a few minutes to each some lunch.) Hopefully, the tweets below will give you a sense for how West’s cross-examination of Rachel Jeantel has gone so far this morning. We’ll have a detailed analysis, of course, in this evening’s end-of-day wrap-up post. Enjoy, and be sure to check back in to our live coverage page at 1:14PM (EST), here:...
  • Dyslexia: deception and despair

    03/22/2013 10:30:58 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 24 replies
    educationimproved.blogspot.com/ ^ | 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...
  • 80% of NYC High School Graduates Can't Read

    03/08/2013 3:07:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 7, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    In his last State of the City address, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bragged about his huge taxpayer investments in education. “Now, let me ask you: is there anyone who still believes that New York City can’t get big things done? Since we’re here in Brooklyn, I’ll say it again: Fuhgeddaboudit.” Bloomberg was right about one thing only: forgetting about it. Because not only are big things not getting done in New York City on education, even small things aren’t getting done. According to officials from City University of New York, a full 80 percent of high school graduates...
  • Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read

    03/07/2013 3:11:25 PM PST · by SMGFan · 175 replies
    It’s an education bombshell. Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system. The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday. When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade. They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.
  • Rosa Brooks, Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy

    08/08/2011 3:29:49 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 21 replies
    JessDuntno | Today | Various Sources
    Rosa Brooks serves as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy. In May 2010 she also became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and then Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy. She is running a new Pentagon office dedicated to those issues. She is on leave from her job as a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Brooks is known as a columnist (most recently with the LA Times) and at the Pentagon her portfolio has included both human rights issues and global engagement and strategic communication. Her mother, Barbara Ehrenreich, is...
  • Education Establishment continues assault on USA

    11/19/2012 2:11:04 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    educationimproved.blogspot.com ^ | Nov. 19, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A few years ago, the big question for me was whether we should say that the public schools are bad because of incompetence or subversion. Incompetence is a pleasant cop-out. You have clumsy people who can’t do a job right. You have the gang that can’t shoot straight. You have F Troop, an old TV program. They’re clumsy and sort of ridiculous. But you don’t have to deal with that whole realm of intentional malfeasance, of evil. More and more, when I looked at the patterns over decades -- the same dumb methods and bad results--you couldn’t conclude it was...
  • Earthquake predictions and a triumph of scientific illiteracy in an Italian court

    10/23/2012 1:08:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/23/2012 | Dan Murphy
    An Italian court sentenced scientists to jail time for not having a functioning crystal ball ahead of the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila. The arguments of science and reason fell on deaf ears. Rarely since a Catholic inquisition in Rome condemned Galileo Galilei to spend the remainder of his days under house arrest for the heresy of teaching that the Earth revolves around the sun, has an Italian court been so wrong about science. Today, a court in the central Italian city of L'Aquila, 380 years after that miscarriage of justice, sentenced six scientists and a government bureaucrat to six years...
  • 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...
  • Education As The Road To Serfdom

    04/07/2012 11:51:36 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    "Real Reagan Conservative" ^ | April 6, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Latin root of educate is to "lead out from," as Moses led the Jews out from Egypt. The original concept was that children are living in ignorance, and we would naturally want to lead them from that world into a better world. A world where they know more and have more options. Freedom is central to this original concept. As you become educated --that is, as you learn more--you move from less freedom to more freedom. When George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and the other founders talked about public education, they were clearly thinking of schools that would liberate children....
  • The Truth About Education?? You Can’t Handle The Truth

    02/29/2012 1:09:37 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 23 replies
    RightSideNews.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Our Education Establishment, in plain sight, is doing a second-rate job. Who, we should ask, is in charge of this train wreck, and what motivates them?  First, let’s add up the evidence. The fifty million functional illiterates. The one million dyslexics. The poor performance against international competition, despite our huge budgets. The ignorance of average Americans about basic geographical, historical, and scientific information. SAT scores slide; kids cannot multiply and divide; students reach college not knowing what six times seven is. About 65% of the children in fourth and eighth grades are reading at a level below “proficient,” that is,...
  • In N.H., technocrat Romney vs. preacher Perry

    10/29/2011 11:41:55 AM PDT · by casinva · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2011 | Dan Balz
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — They have debated on the same stage five times, but rarely have the contrasts between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry been more in evidence than during separate appearances here Friday night. It was Romney the careful technocrat versus Perry the unplugged preacher. snip One such question came from a man who told Romney that “everything you said in your introduction was wonderful” but who questioned some of the details of the former Massachusetts governor’s priorities. “I’m just not seeing how that adds up,” he said. snip An hour later, Perry took the stage at a downtown hotel...
  • A Case, of Identity Thieving

    10/05/2011 2:32:15 PM PDT · by Skepolitic · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/3/2011 | "Totally Meghan McCain"
    A Case, of Identity Thieving Attention, young people!! I am writing, this column to inform you that, there is someone on the Internet who is FALSELY IMPERSONATING me, Totally Meghan McCain. This person, clearly not having been matriculated – from a prestigious university like Colombia, as I had, is making me look like a TOTAL IDIOT. When I realized this, I was HORRIFIC. (PS – Am I, the only one who realizes, that word is completely sexist? It, was probably invented by some pasty old white male – Republican – instead of being invented, by someone cool like my dad)....
  • Just How Demeaning Is It To Be A Lawyer? Just Ask The One Working For Meghan McCain.

    10/05/2011 11:56:29 AM PDT · by Skepolitic · 18 replies
    popehat.com ^ | 10/2/2011 | ken
    Potentially, very. Just ask Albin H. Gess of the Costa Mesa branch of the firm Snell & Wilmer. He’s making stupid and meritless censorious threats on behalf of Meghan McCain. Gess, or I, or most other lawyers could tell you that it is occasionally deeply revolting and embarrassing to be a lawyer, particularly at a big firm. Why? Well, because clients — especially clients with much money and influence — will sometimes demand that you do loathsome and humiliating things — sometimes thuggish and fundamentally un-American things. I’m not talking about illegal things, nor am I talking about grasping at...
  • Vanity: Reading Resources

    09/28/2011 3:17:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 90 replies · 1+ views
    Improve-Education.org ^ | June 1, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A special education teacher wrote to me about the abuse of Ritalin. The teacher said: “My students are on Ritalin. This is a brain shrinking, top tier heavily psychotropic drug, as you know. The authorities KNOW this is their weapon for the most intelligent boys... ” The teacher believes this is a high-level NWO plot, which is not a road I like to go down. But the teacher got me thinking... Here are the two parts I’m personally sure of: 1) The Education Establishment in this country, for 75 years, has used bogus methods (i.e., Whole Word) to teach reading....
  • Russia Today says: Illiterate UK youth can’t count on jobs [The Kremlin Doesn't Like the UK]

    09/25/2011 5:40:07 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 14 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 24 September, 2011 | Moscow Staff
    A recent survey in the UK has revealed an alarming number of school-leavers lack even basic skills in reading and numeracy, which once again proves that levels of literacy even in developed countries are not something to be taken for granted. {snip} Reading, writing and arithmetic are the cornerstones of a basic education. But one in five young people in the UK leave school without them, and that statistic has not improved since the 1960s. Teacher Saleem Raja at East London Skills picks up the pieces schools have dropped, teaching 16-19 year olds wholly unprepared for the job market. “It’s...
  • DOJ Defends Bad Grammar

    09/19/2011 8:29:50 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    The Obama Department of Justice has ruled that Arizona school districts may not dismiss teachers who have poor grammar skills. “In an ideal world we would hope that those teaching our children would be able to set a good example,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “In the real world we must make compromises.” Holder pointed out that “the rules of grammar are only a convention. Non-discrimination is the law. There should be no question in our minds over which takes precedence. Besides, grammar evolves through usage. Who’s to say what will be considered appropriate in the future? What the law...
  • 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...
  • Jeb Bush Endorses...Huntsman? [actually Jeb Bush Jr.]

    08/10/2011 7:48:45 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 10, 2011 | Rick Moran
    This is something of a surprise. Jeb Bush posted an article on the Huntsman for President website endorsing the former Utah governor: In 2008, Florida and the presidency went to Barack Obama because he offered hope. To defeat the President in 2012, we need a candidate who will offer solutions. That man is Jon Huntsman. Today at 11:15 a.m. at Scotty's Landing in Miami, I will join Gov. Huntsman to formally endorse his candidacy, and accept a role as National Chairman of GenH - the campaign's youth and young professionals outreach program. I will be joined by fellow Floridian Ana...
  • 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...
  • Almost half of Detroit unable to read

    05/09/2011 12:54:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    Russia Today ^ | May 6, 2011 | Russia Today
    A study by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund found that 47 percent of adults in the city are ‘functionally illiterate’.‘Functionally illiterate’ means they struggle with day-to-day tasks, like reading job applications, following a bus schedule or understanding product labels. Those deemed illiterate however have been educated. The report indicated that the same group found to be ‘functionally illiterate’ had completed element education, where reading is taught and half of the group had either a high school diploma or a GED. Nearly half of the city’s population lacks the necessary skills to work in even the most entry level and remedial...
  • Can a Christian be a capitalist?

    05/02/2011 7:03:06 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 39 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 29 April | Woodliff
    A recent survey claims that a plurality of Americans believe Christian values are at odds with capitalism. That left me wondering whether we first ought to ask whether Americans even know what Christianity and capitalism are. When one learns that one’s accountant espies a deep conflict between Newtonian physics and Jungian psychology, one is right to ask what he knows of velocity and synchronicity, and whether he ought not busy himself doing one’s taxes rather than spouting off to someone taking a survey. The two ideas seem simple enough. Christians follow Jesus and capitalists make trades. Except that we all...
  • Anyone Still Interested in Theories of Reading??

    03/02/2011 4:15:59 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 48 replies
    rantrave.com ^ | 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...
  • Cheerful 30th-Anniversary Thoughts on “Why Johnny STILL Can’t Read”

    02/15/2011 3:50:04 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | Feb. 15, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Rudolf Flesch published “Why Johnny Can’t Read” in 1955. It was a big success and remains one of the best-known books in American history. In that book Flesch explained the illiteracy crisis in the United States. Had the people in charge of education listened, he might have faded into history. Ironically, the fact that our Education Establishment tried to defame and ignore Flesch is precisely why he remains a cultural icon. The anti-phonics cartel was so entrenched that Flesch felt compelled to publish a second book 25 years later, “Why Johnny STILL Can’t Read” in 1981. This second book has...
  • Phonics Explained, Whole Word Exposed....in 1958

    11/16/2010 3:16:10 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 41 replies
    Amazon.com | Nov. 16, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Think of this as a nice little time capsule from 50+ years ago....A review of "Reading: Chaos and Cure" just placed on Amazon: A wonderful and informative book I can heartily recommend to any parent or teacher. You learn a great deal about reading, for example, why Sight Words are a hoax, why phonics works. The authors state: "It is absurdly easy to teach a child to read with the proper method. Most of the children in America could be taught in a few weeks or months at the age of five. We shall tell you about various schools, now...
  • Intellectual Espionage

    09/02/2010 5:43:28 PM PDT · by AuntB · 37 replies
    The Odysseus group - John Taylor Gatto ^ | Aug. 2010 | John Tayor Gatto
    At the start of WWII millions of men showed up at registration offices to take low-level academic tests before being inducted.1 The years of maximum mobilization were 1942 to1944; the fighting force had been mostly schooled in the 1930s, both those inducted and those turned away. Of the 18 million men were tested, 17,280,000 of them were judged to have the minimum competence in reading required to be a soldier, a 96 percent literacy rate. Although this was a 2 percent fall-off from the 98 percent rate among voluntary military applicants ten years earlier, the dip was so small it...
  • Reading Wars: A Heart-Wrenching First-Person Account

    07/27/2010 1:12:37 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    Improve-Education.org ^ | 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
    Improve-Education.org ^ | May 27, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Several earlier posts have evolved into “50: Leading Boys To Reading,” a new section on Improve-Education.org. 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...
  • 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
    Improve-Education.org ^ | 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...
  • "Guessing Is Not Reading: How Dumb Theories Make America Dumber"

    04/19/2010 3:19:16 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies · 439+ views
    YouTube.com ^ | Jan. 20, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When you make a list of all the stupid ideas enshrined in the public schools, there will be many contenders for Stupidest Idea Of All. It’s tough to pick the absolute worst but let me mention for your consideration the common practice in public schools of teaching children to GUESS what words mean. This is the central gimmick in whole-word or sight-word reading. But here’s the good news. Guessing is a clear signal that a child cannot actually read. It is thus the quickest diagnostic we have. If a child looks at “car” and reads “house,” you see immediately that...
  • 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
    EdArticles.com ^ | 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...
  • Pope willing to excommunicate Catholic Priests accused of pedophilia, turn them over to authorities

    04/01/2010 10:36:21 AM PDT · by RGirard · 127 replies · 1,866+ views
    examiner.com ^ | April 1, 2010 | Réne Girard
    In a surprising, yet reassuring turn of events, Pope Benedict XIV, the head of the Catholic Church has announced that he is willing to excommunicate any and all Catholic Priests who have been rightfully accused of pedophilia while in service to the Catholic Church. "It is my sworn duty to uphold the tenants of the faith which rest securely on the never changing, holy scripture, which speaks succinctly, yet passionately, against sexual sin within the body of Christ." Pope Benedict wrote in a letter addressed to "Fellow Catholics, Christians, and citizens of this great planet." ...
  • "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...
  • Making Sure Boys Read

    03/16/2010 2:42:55 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies · 338+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | March 15, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Boys and Reading: Not to worry. Our top educators have pretty well got this thing figured out. It’s a two-punch combination, researched-based, that almost always works. Bingo, you don’t find American boys wasting precious time inside the pages of a book. First of all, you want to make sure they don’t hear much about the alphabet (shhh!), letters, sounds all that right-wing nonsense. They have to learn to read with sight-words, Dolch words, whole words (all the same thing). And you want a whole lot of hoopla, thousands of brightly colored books lying around, and constant chatter about literacy and...
  • What do Knowledge, Kids, and the USA have in common?

    02/22/2010 3:54:00 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies · 425+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | Feb. 15, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Why do we have so many problems in the public schools? I’m always trying to boil the answer down to the essentials. This try is less than 600 words. Here's how it starts: ---------- "Simply judging by appearances, you might suspect that the American Education Establishment is hostile to Knowledge, Kids and the USA. When you look closer, you are sure. What do Knowledge, Kids, and the USA have in common? Here’s the common denominator: the (American) Education Establishment is contemptuous of all three. Do you think I jest or exaggerate? Not at all. The truth is straightforward, and easy...
  • The Sad Part of the Recent Tiger Woods Debacle

    12/03/2009 4:46:24 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 3 replies · 1,280+ views
    Dump.com ^ | 12/3/09 | Google Trends
    Oh this truly is sad. Image at link.
  • The Reading Wars Rage On

    10/20/2009 6:31:50 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies · 285+ views
    AmericanChronicle.com ^ | October 13, 2009 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    To save the country and the economy, we first have to save the schools. To do that, we first have to save reading.
  • Poverty and the Poor Whites

    09/29/2009 3:26:43 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies · 768+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 29, 2009 | Emily Greenwood
    Donna M. Beegle, PhD, is spending her career explaining to audiences that there is poverty in America, that the solution to poverty is education, and that too often poverty prevents people from getting educated. A few weeks ago I heard Beegle speak at the high school where I work. While the impact of most motivational speakers lasts only a few days, this one was different. You can get an idea of her qualities as a speaker from excerpts available on YouTube, and from a trailer for "Invisible Nation," a one-hour documentary about Beegle and her family that is in the...
  • Reading a Book Is Racial Harassment?

    05/22/2008 4:15:55 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies · 43+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 17 May 2008 | John Semmens
    Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis student Keith Sampson was charged with “racial harassment” when he was spotted reading Todd Tucker’s “Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan” while on break from his job as a janitor. The charge, since dropped after being widely criticized as “idiotic,” was filed by Affirmative Action Office of the university. The affirmative-action officer, who asked that her name be withheld, explained her action. “The fact that the book may have been anti-racist is not the point,” She said. “The fact that he was reading in itself is what is...
  • Report: 1 in 4 Britons Think Winston Churchill Never Existed

    02/04/2008 11:00:52 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 32 replies · 445+ views
    Daily Mail via FoxNews ^ | 2-4-08 | Rebecca Camber
    One in four Britons don't believe wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill existed, according to a recent survey. Churchill is compared to Florence Nightingale and Sir Walter Raleigh, seen by many survey respondents as a mythical person, the London Daily Mail reported Monday. The survey, conducted with 3,000 respondents to test their general knowledge, reported other historical figures such as Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, Cleopatra and the Duke of Wellington were made up for books and films, the Mail reported. The survey, by UKTV Gold, also found that Sherlock Holmes was a real person.