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  • Time for “How Now Brown Cow” Studies

    06/20/2017 8:37:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 31 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 20, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Generations of us who learned that rhyme never dreamed that brown bovines had a direct connection to chocolate milk. "Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy," Caitlin Dewey reported in The Washington Post. "If you do the math, that works out to 16.4 million misinformed, milk-drinking people." "The equivalent of the population of Pennsylvania (and then some!) does not know that chocolate milk is milk, cocoa and sugar." Could the confusion stem from their education? Dewey offers this...
  • K-12: Fog, Fuzziness (and Foolishness)

    05/02/2017 5:18:45 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 5, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    K-12 should be a boot camp. Students become knowledgeable, resourceful, independent, able to navigate successfully through life. Instead, our public schools prepare children to be incompetent or, even worse, frightened snowflakes. Typically, students learn little. They are kept in a bubble of low expectations. Martin Luther King summed it up: "Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education." What an odd outcome. Many of our students end up with neither intelligence nor character. While the decline in academics is obvious, there is a more subtle sort of decline. Instead of precision, students learn that vagueness and wrong...
  • The Election's Ominous Results

    12/07/2016 5:54:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | Sha'i ben-Tekoa
    Yes, it is good that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, especially in light of revelations of her private email security breaches and pay-for-play administration of the State Department. If true, she belongs in prison. However, what is ominous is the number of voters who, despite all that was known of her crimes, still voted for her. This is not a sign of a healthy American electorate. It seems the same citizens who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 after his disastrous first four years voted for her. Many people who go the polls in our generation are simply not thinking....
  • Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Learn Sight-Words

    10/08/2016 1:33:46 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 37 replies
    LinkedIIn ^ | Aug 31, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In 1955 Rudolf Flesch famously explained “Why Johnny Can't Read.” The problem was obvious. Schools made children memorize words as abstract graphic designs (i.e., sight-words), nothing else. In fact, English words contain a lot of essential info about how words should be pronounced and why they’re spelled the way they are. The Education Establishment said, “Oh fiddlesticks, forget all that old-fashioned stuff. Memorize the word-designs as if they are currency symbols or electrical symbols.” That, of course, is very hard work. But our Education Establishment has pushed this nonsense for 80 years. As a result, we have 50 million functional...
  • K-12: Three Card Monte {BACK TO SCHOOL INFO]

    09/13/2016 2:04:04 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    Religion.rantrave.com ^ | Sept 7, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Welcome to the land of the giant hustle... I saw my first exhibition of three-card Monte on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a dozen blocks from Columbia's Teachers College. There's a connection. A young man shuffled three cards side to side on a cardboard box. Red queen, red king, black ace, something like that. Pick the ace and win $20 for a $10 bet. A half-dozen people clustered around, betting, figuring out the game. New people walked up, others left. Some happy tourist won $20. Easy money. Sometimes the dealer bent one of the cards on the corner. You knew you...
  • How to Create Functional Illiteracy in 7 Easy Lessons

    06/09/2016 5:43:25 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 9, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Public schools are expert at creating illiteracy. Our K-12 system can usually guarantee that students don't become fluent readers. The system is nearly foolproof. Parents and teachers can make children illiterate or semi-literate simply by following this well-tested seven-step formula: 1) FORGET ABOUT THE ALPHABET. Do not teach the alphabet, the sounds, or the blends. Reading maestro Frank Smith maintained in Reading Without Nonsense (1973): "I have said that children should not be taught the alphabet[.] ... Until children have a good idea of what reading is about, learning the names of letters is largely a nonsense activity."
  • Election Season Reveals Rampant Economic Illiteracy Among Voters

    04/30/2016 8:03:16 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 45 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | May 2, 2016 | Editorial
    Education: Everybody talks about how the presidential primaries have uncovered intense voter anger at the political establishment. It’s actually revealed something more troubling: The widespread ignorance of basic economic truths that spans across the political spectrum. Has there ever been a bigger disconnect between economic reality and public perception? Polls taken during the primary season have found Democrats embracing socialism, Republicans rejecting trade, and majorities in both parties saying Wall Street is hurting the economy. That’s despite the general consensus among mainstream economists that none of these things is true. Take Democrats’ views on socialism... ...40% of Democrats say socialism...
  • It's Little Mystery Why So Many College Students Are Illiterate

    03/29/2016 12:58:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 3-29-16 | Walter Williams
    The American Council of Trustees and Alumni publishes occasional reports on what college students know. Nearly 10 percent of the college graduates surveyed thought Judith Sheindlin, TV's "Judge Judy," is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Less than 20 percent of the college graduates knew the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation. More than a quarter of the college graduates did not know Franklin D. Roosevelt was president during World War II; one-third did not know he was the president who spearheaded the New Deal. But it is little mystery why so many college students are illiterate, innumerate and resistant...
  • How Dolch Words Cause Illiteracy and Dyslexia

    03/20/2016 7:29:25 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 61 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 14, 2008 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    We must eliminate sight-words from the public schools. That's the only way to save reading, and the only way we're going to save the schools themselves. The Education Establishment is great at creating jargon, convoluted theories, propaganda, lies, fake research, and new packaging for failed ideas. Average parents don't stand a chance of understanding all this nonsense. So here is a little video, 7 1/2 minutes, that explains almost everything you need to know about phonics, sight words, Dolch words, high frequency words, dyslexia, and how they are all connected. There is some very intense music which I still love;...
  • Fake Reading Instruction is Biggest Con of all

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

    02/20/2016 1:26:41 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    It is a common scene in World War II movies: a captain maneuvers in close to a big ship and fires a spread of torpedoes. None of them detonate. Some submarine officers lost the will to fight and had nervous breakdowns. In fact, German engineering was not always at fault. Sabotage (sporadic, opportunistic, often a personal enterprise) was almost a second army arrayed against the Third Reich. Here are some revealing war stories: 'U-505s fifth patrol, in July 1943, lasted less than two weeks--she was attacked by Allied airplanes and had to return to France for repair. The next four...
  • The makings of our voting universe

    02/13/2016 10:13:25 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/13/14 | Obie Usategui
    Our nation’s impending illiteracy and apathy, were the principal causes for electing the likes of a Barack Obama to the presidency of the nation as well allowing for a Hillary Clinton or a Bernie Sanders to contend for the presidency If you are like me, a political enthusiast of sorts, you probably have not missed any of the political debates that have taken place in the last few weeks, just as you might have followed the overwhelming blitzkrieg of national polls with last-minute details on how candidates are doing in their presidential races. By now, I am almost sure, you...
  • Why Kids Can't Read

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

    12/11/2015 10:54:30 AM PST · by amorphous · 45 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Up to 65 percent of Syrian "refugees" and migrants entering Germany can't read or write which makes it nearly impossible for them to get work.
  • In Germany, nearly 2/3 of Syrian refugees are 'functionally illiterate'

    12/09/2015 7:29:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/09/2015 | Rick Moran
    An economics professor at the University of Munich says that 65% of refugees arriving in Germany "fail to meet international standards on basic reading and writing skills," making them functionally illiterate. That means that hundreds of thousands of adult refugees will likely fail to get a job to support themselves and their families, burdening the German welfare system for the next quarter-century. Daily Caller: “With two-thirds of young Syrians who must be regarded as functionally illiterate in accordance with international educational standards, so the necessary training to run local businesses is mostly missing,” Woessmann says. Half of the refugees are under...
  • Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany

    11/09/2015 1:46:19 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    Education Views ^ | Oct. 16, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    If you want to create an illiteracy crisis such as the one we are living through, you have to do two things. First of all, adopt ideas that do not work. Second, you have to brainwash young teachers into thinking these ideas actually do work. In this way, you can manipulate your teachers into doing a bad job but they never know it. They remain gung-ho on the side of illiteracy. A public school teacher sent me this brief history of her decades in the classroom: 'I began to notice students in the intermediate grades intermixing sight words. They would...
  • The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches [Amos 8]

    07/14/2015 10:23:39 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 6/1/2015 | Ed Stetzer
    When was the last time you read a book? For almost 1 in 4 of us, it was more than a year ago, according to Pew Research. That's three times the number who didn't read a book in 1978. In America, we have a literacy problem. But more concerning to me, we have a biblical literacy problem. Americans, including churchgoers, aren't reading much of any book, including the Good Book. Christians claim to believe the Bible is God's Word. We claim it's God's divinely inspired, inerrant message to us. Yet despite this, we aren't reading it. A recent LifeWay Research...
  • "Why reading IS phonics" (video)

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

    02/14/2015 2:22:45 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 37 replies
    Schoolleadership20.com ^ | Feb. 7, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Do you agree? Good, then please pass this little summary to everyone you know. Or were you thinking, that’s crazy talk. Afraid not. It’s quite accurate, comparable to saying, “The sky is blue.” Reading instruction in our country has been insane and/or a criminal conspiracy for 80 years. The resulting illiteracy is a giant hemorrhaging wound. We cannot have a successful school system or a successful civilization unless children typically learn to read in the first grade or two. This is the 60th year since Rudolf Flesch wrote his famous book explaining why Johnny cannot read. Everything Flesch said in...
  • California bill would raise smoking age to 21

    02/03/2015 12:41:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    <p>A California Democrat has proposed a bill that would raise the state’s minimum smoking age from 18 to 21 in an effort to keep cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers.</p> <p>State Sen. Ed Hernandez introduced Senate Bill 151, which would make California the first state in the country to raise the minimum smoking age to 21. Similar proposals have previously failed in New Jersey, Utah, Colorado and Maryland.</p>