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K-12: Listen To Me, You Rich Successful People In Your Mansions


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K-12: Listen To Me, You Rich Successful People In Your Mansions
I know, I know, you don’t want to think about all the bad public schools out there. Nothing to do with you, right?? Wrong. The effects are oozing through the society. You are in danger.

Want safety? Here are three threats you have to overcome:

1)  THE EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT CAN’T BE TRUSTED. Almost a century ago, they took a wrong turn, and went down a road marked SOCIAL ENGINEERING. The problem for everybody else is that these ideologues hope to wreck the society we’ve got, so they can build the collectivized world they dream about. (The honest term would be Socialist Engineering.)

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They justify the planned transformation with this bit of fluff from John Dewey: “Not knowledge or information, but self-realization, is the goal.” What a quack. After all, it’s new knowledge that typically leads students to self-realization. The Left wants to use schools to turn kids into compliant comrades; this truth can’t be told, so a lot that goes on in our schools is disingenuous. Educators prattle endlessly about “education,” but their true passion is making sure that very little of it, in the ordinary sense, occurs.

2)  BIG MEDIA AND ELITE UNIVERSITIES ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. The media seem to think they should take orders from the NEA, etc. I see this pattern unfolding in my town, where the local paper will run 50 articles about one of its favorite liberal issues, but not one line about why a quarter of the kids don’t learn to read, or they drop out of school.

Professors at the best universities should have jumped into the Education Wars, the Math Wars, the Reading Wars. But I can’t discover a single professor at my Ivy League school who stepped forward to support Rudolf Flesch or to decry the decline of the public schools.

We have to be disappointed that so many professors and journalists allowed themselves to be co-opted by the Education Establishment. Bottom line, we can’t expect help from the people who SHOULD be saving us.

3)  WORSE STILL, MOST BIG SHOTS DON’T CARE. Talk to doctors, lawyers, bankers, brokers, executives, psychiatrists, movers and shakers of all kinds. Try to find one who knows anything about education or cares. They went to a good school years ago. Their kids went to private schools. Public schools are for them like a bad neighborhood on the other side of town; there’s no reason for them to think about it.

Listen to me, you rich, successful people

Listen to me, you rich, successful people. A bad part of town will stay put, but the neighborhood called Bad Education is now oozing along your street. It’s seeping through the walls of your house, and into your living room. You might not escape. Tens of millions of people who can’t count, can’t read, can’t do a job correctly, don’t know enough to care about voting—this uneducated horde will hurt every part of your life. What stake do they have in sustaining a civilization they don’t understand and know little about?

So what is the answer to this hopeless situation? Here it is: all practical, successful people—in order to save their own skins—have to be much more involved.

The Education Establishment has a genius for finding the counter-intuitive, likely-to-fail approach. Almost everything is backwards. Business executives, forced to spend a day in a public school, would probably have nervous breakdowns. But you know what the even goofier problem is? A bunch of business leaders, eager to make improvements, would hire consultants from some place like Harvard’s Graduate School of Education! The very people who created all the problems. That’s how cowed and bamboozled everyone is.

 

Biggest hoax of the last 100 years is Whole Word

No, the practical, successful people must stick to their MBA guns. Be businesslike. Ignore the faux-experts. Do what works, for a change.

I’d argue that the biggest hoax of the last 100 years is Whole Word. (It’s the reason we have so many functional illiterates.) So a good first step for every concerned citizen is to understand WHY Sight-Words don’t work. When you personally understand the deception, you’ll be angry. Maybe then you’ll get busy and get bold. We need you.

Then find out why New Math and Reform Math were evil jokes; why Constructivism is much ado about nothing; why every slogan used in the public schools—self-esteem, multiculturalism, and 25 others—is really just an excuse to teach less. At some point you’ll be mad as hell, and you won’t take it anymore.

(NB: “Saving K-12” by this writer is intended to explain these issues.)


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Bruce Deitrick Price -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Bruce Deitrick Price has been writing about education for 30 years. He is the founder of Improve-Education.org. His eighth book is “Saving K-12—What happened to our public schools? How do we fix them?” More aggressively than most, Price argues that America’s elite educators have deliberately aimed for mediocrity—low standards in public schools prove this. Support this writer on Patreon.


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