Bruce Deitrick Price

Bruce Deitrick Price discusses these themes (and dozens of others) on his site Improve-Education.org. See, in particular, "38: Saving Public Schools." His fifth book is “THE EDUCATION ENIGMA--What Happened To American Education.”


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Education So You Want to Improve Education??? | Posted on 2009-09-09 15:44:35 Well, first of all, be stone-cold realistic about this project The Education Establishment, that is, the people in charge, don’t give a darn what you want... Read more.. 379
Education Six Ways Young People Can Do Better in School | Posted on 2009-09-11 05:11:38 1) APPRECIATE THE SWEET DEAL Unless you plan to run away from home and live on the streets, you’re going to be in school... Read more.. 365
Education Unique American Intellectual Site Enters Fifth Year | Posted on 2010-01-20 13:42:57 At the end of 2009, Improve-Educationorg celebrated its fourth birthday and reached 100,000 words of original content, recently adding such major new pieces as “41: Educa... Read more.. 363
Education Bad Education Considered As Neurotoxin | Posted on 2010-01-30 13:29:25 More than a century ago, Maria Montessori reached a brilliant insight Observing children at a mental institution, she wondered: “Suppose we created a lush, sensuous, ment... Read more.. 407
Education What to Do When Public Schools Hide Failure | Posted on 2010-01-30 13:31:44 Here’s the problem, and some things we can do about it The public schools are geniuses at Chatter... Read more.. 317
Education Creating the Perfect School | Posted on 2010-01-30 13:39:13 As long as there have been schools, people have been asking, “So, how would we create the perfect school... Read more.. 395
Education Stalinists? Or They Walked That Way? | Posted on 2010-01-31 12:34:18 Subtitle: Why the US has 50,000,000 Functional Illiterates In 1955 Rudolf Flesch published a blockbuster called “Why Johnny Can’t Read” In this still-relevant book Flesc... Read more.. 739
Education Rush Forgets to Mention Education | Posted on 2010-02-19 07:15:53 Rush Limbaugh has been talking a lot about the four corners of deceit They are, he says, Journalism, Government, Science, Academia... Read more.. 351
Education Here’s What Happened to American Education--The Really Short Version | Posted on 2010-02-19 07:20:31 I asked my doctor what he thought of President Obama’s proposals for health insurance The doctor shrugged with annoyance... Read more.. 281
Education Free Service For Parents: Improve-Education.org Introduces American Basic Curriculum (ABC) | Posted on 2010-02-22 09:46:37 Here’s the problem: public schools are sometimes mediocre; children learn little; but parents don’t find out until it’s too late Question is, how can parents check on a ... Read more.. 373
Society Big Lies About Reading And Climate | Posted on 2010-02-22 09:55:11 Reading and climate... Read more.. 373
Education Education Site Uncovers Conspiracy in "Educators, O. J. Simpson, And Guilt." | Posted on 2010-02-25 02:48:17 The big question, when discussing American public education throughout the 20th century, is this: was there a conspiracy A bold new article says YES... Read more.. 99
Education Let’s Save Public Education: A Five-Point Plan | Posted on 2010-03-02 01:30:11 (Summary: Bruce Price, founder of Improve-Educationorg, says that improving public schools is easier than many people think... Read more.. 314
Education 21st-Century Skills: Same Old, Lame Old | Posted on 2010-03-02 15:28:03 The Education Establishment is all goo-goo gaga over the newest pedagogical approach: 21st-Century Skills This phrase refers to all the high-level “literacies” that stude... Read more.. 384
Education Rudolph Flesch Rocks the World of Reading | Posted on 2010-03-11 07:49:57 Summary: The top educators in most English-speaking countries have waged a relentless war against Flesch His crime: being correct about reading... Read more.. 386
Education Keeping Boys From Reading | Posted on 2010-05-04 04:55:12 Summary: our schools are skilled at making sure boys don’t read  Not to worry... Read more.. 367
Education The Busy Person’s Checklist of Bad Education Ideas | Posted on 2010-05-13 00:51:32 Summary: Bad ideas are killing the public schools Education activist Bruce Price describes the clunkers in 150 words... Read more.. 808
Education Flesch Forever: Facts & Fluency Vs. Falsehoods & Failure | Posted on 2011-06-29 04:06:41 Summary: Rudolph Flesch was right in 1955 when his wonderful book “Why Johnny Can’t Read” attacked Whole Word and promoted phonics Our Education Establishment, whic... Read more.. 379
Humor Media In Bed With Big Ed: A Romance | Posted on 2011-07-14 13:29:16 Summary: Statistics indicate a decline in the public schools Curiously, the mainstream media do not aggressively ask: hey, what’s going on... Read more.. 431
Education “The Educators Are Coming! The Educators Are Coming!” | Posted on 2011-08-03 18:38:16 Summary: Never Mind the Barbarians Outside the Gates What About the Ones Inside... Read more.. 575
Education How American Public Education Became a Doomsday Machine | Posted on 2011-08-15 12:51:12 Summary: In dumbing down the country, the Education Establishment had dumbed itself down -------------------------------------------------- Years ago I wrote a sci-fi st... Read more.. 332
Education Could the Education Establishment Be That Dumb???? | Posted on 2011-08-15 12:57:52 Perhaps you saw the exchange on television  One guest said, “The administration’s approach is destructive; they must be trying to hurt the country... Read more.. 355
Education How Do Public Schools Dumb Down Their Students?? | Posted on 2011-08-20 17:06:20 All statistics tell the same story: we’re living in a period of educational decline Despite ever larger expenditures, American students know less and less... Read more.. 843
Education Good Teachers -- Unite!! | Posted on 2011-09-07 15:13:09 The following plea--written 55 years ago and addressed to all the teachers of America--is still solid gold today: "You are a grade-school teacher I know that you are doi... Read more.. 359
Education Television Teaches What Public Schools Used To | Posted on 2011-09-07 15:19:44 Imagine the chagrin of our elite educators They have labored for a century to purge content, facts, and knowledge from the classroom... Read more.. 293
Education How to Improve Public Schools Without Spending More Money | Posted on 2011-09-21 22:31:28 It’s generally agreed that the public schools are sub-par and could be much improved But how... Read more.. 335
Education Explaining the Cynicism of Our Top Educators | Posted on 2011-10-22 19:22:23 Summary: The premise of public education is that children will be educated and thereby lifted up to a better future The reality is sometimes more cynical, as our elite ed... Read more.. 405
Education Constructivism: Why it Hurts Minorities and the Poor | Posted on 2011-10-22 20:07:48 Summary: Constructivism is not just anti-knowledge, it’s also anti-minorities and anti-poor The less you know, the less you will ever know, thanks to this destructive f... Read more.. 292
Education French Class As the Perfect Way to Teach Everything | Posted on 2011-11-14 13:38:32 Summary: A lot of modern education is incoherent and not really trying, except for foreign language courses There, teachers still proceed in a logical and sequential way ... Read more.. 2014
Politics Why Do Socialists Sabotage Education? | Posted on 2011-11-14 13:43:15 Summary: Socialists tend to believe in grandiose social engineering plans Students who know too much, citizens who can think for themselves, tend to be a problem... Read more.. 961
Education Liberal Media Shill For Education Establishment | Posted on 2011-11-23 13:40:39 Summary: Media are supposed to be neutral and state the facts Instead, most newspapers have rushed to promote new, unproven ideas coming from federal government... Read more.. 339
Education Hurray For Bob Herbert! Education-Wise, He Agrees With Me! | Posted on 2011-11-23 13:46:32 Summary: even liberal media are starting to realize that we are sliding into an educational swamp, most of it caused by liberal educators Okay, liberals, everything’s ... Read more.. 297
Education Four Reasons Why Educators Hate Geography | Posted on 2011-11-23 13:56:32 Summary: when you understand why educators scorn geography, you know all the reasons why American public schools keep getting dumber It’s easy to point out that public... Read more.. 365
Education Why Kids Don’t Know Jack | Posted on 2011-11-23 14:01:38 Summary: Schools don’t teach facts, apparently because the Education Establishment prefers empty-headed kids who can be told what to think But kids need facts, want fac... Read more.. 622
Politics What Republicans Left Out of the Pledge: Education | Posted on 2011-12-18 01:32:56 I read The Pledge to America with growing respect It’s written clearly and directly... Read more.. 304
Politics Obama Makes it Easier to Explain to People Why Public Schools Have Declined | Posted on 2011-12-18 01:40:07 Two or three years ago, if I tried to tell people that the problems in the public schools should be blamed on the bosses at the top, that is, the Education Establishment,... Read more.. 338
Politics Made Dumb in the USA | Posted on 2011-12-18 01:58:42 This country has a bizarre and unprecedented problem “The longer American children are in school, the worse they perform compared to their international peers,” accor... Read more.. 419
Education You Might Almost Think Math Instruction Was Designed NOT to Work | Posted on 2011-12-18 02:37:55 For a few years I thought the worst possible gimmick in education was Whole Word, basically a device to make sure kids don't learn to read In the last few months, the cl... Read more.. 347
Opinions “Learning Styles”--What’s Up With That? | Posted on 2011-12-23 02:29:55 Learning styles--something that hardly existed 25 years ago--now seems to be a fixed part of American education Do you ever suspect that maybe we’ve let this thing go t... Read more.. 563
Education TIME Preaches Timeless Nonsense About Education | Posted on 2012-01-16 15:01:34 The August 2 cover of TIME magazine screamed: “The Case Against Summer Vacation” With this subtitle: “We romanticize it... Read more.. 383
Education Do American Students Know Anything?? Instant-Test Tells All | Posted on 2012-01-16 15:08:23 (Summary: some schools would rather have a tornado pass by than actually teach anything It’s this country’s number-one medical problem: brains rarely used, now atroph... Read more.. 850
Politics Public Schools Are Worse Than Most People Believe (And Have Been For Much Longer Than Most People Realize) | Posted on 2012-01-16 15:17:16 In all the comments I see left on internet articles about education, two themes dominate: 1) The first is, average Americans have no idea how bad the public schools are ... Read more.. 335
Politics Christine O’Donnell, Witchcraft, And Education | Posted on 2012-01-16 15:19:24 (Summary: the big question is why the public schools waste so much time on weird non-academic topics, most of them hostile to traditional beliefs The real witch in this s... Read more.. 762
Opinions Everybody Should Be Mad As Heck About Public Education | Posted on 2012-01-16 16:07:38 Listen To Me, You Rich Successful People In Your Big Houses: I know, I know, you don’t want to think about all the bad public schools out there Nothing to do with you,... Read more.. 346
Education Teacher! Leave Them Kids Alone! | Posted on 2012-02-02 02:14:55 SUMMARY: Traditional education is continuously criticized Maybe teachers were too strict... Read more.. 310
Education Outspoken Education Site is “A Teacher’s Best Friend” | Posted on 2012-02-02 02:39:20 Summary: Many teachers mistakenly think they have the same interests and goals as the Education Establishment Not at all, explains Bruce Price, founder of Improve-Educati... Read more.. 552
Education How to Teach Anything & Everything | Posted on 2012-02-02 02:49:15 [Following is the script or copy for a short graphic video with the same title; find it on YouTube] improve-educationorg presents HOW TO TEACH ANYTHING & EVERYTHING 3 l... Read more.. 408
Education How to Make Good Schools Better: Reflections on My Early School Years | Posted on 2012-02-28 22:23:52 I believe it’s helpful for people to evaluate their own education, and reflect on what worked and didn’t work Then you have a solid personal basis for judging new ide... Read more.. 404
Opinions Education Site Warns Teachers: Know Who Your Real Enemies Are | Posted on 2012-03-09 10:55:17 “It’s one of the more curious stories in American education,” notes Bruce Price, founder of Improve-Educationorg... Read more.. 328
Opinions So-Called Math Standards Lower Standards | Posted on 2012-04-20 01:37:58 I suspect the national terror alert should be upped a few colors The country's economy, productivity, and scientific dominance are under attack... Read more.. 320
Education Unique American Intellectual Site Enters 6th Year | Posted on 2012-04-28 07:33:52 Summary: Improve-Educationorg is a unique site with 60 lively articles on a range of academic topics... Read more.. 271
Education The Lysenko School of Education | Posted on 2012-04-29 01:00:12 Summary: Article notes disturbing similarities between Communist “biology” and American “education” In mid-20th-century, the Communist Party wanted to believe th... Read more.. 316
Opinions American Children Are Strangers in a Strange Land | Posted on 2012-04-29 01:03:19 Summary: Public schools said goodbye to teaching knowledge, hello to social engineering Kids grow up ignorant and empty, feeling like foreigners in their own country... Read more.. 323
Opinions An Urgent Report to Police Chiefs | Posted on 2012-05-09 14:39:09 Summary: Law enforcement officials should take a special interest in literacy Why... Read more.. 357
Education Why Whole Word Was Always Self-Evident Nonsense | Posted on 2012-05-12 19:23:36 Summary: Sight Words and Dolch Words are the problem, not the answer An intellectual virus called Whole Word infected our public schools starting around 1932... Read more.. 326
Education Meet Mary Johnson—A Great Educator | Posted on 2012-05-13 19:43:40 Summary: An excellent way to learn about the Reading Wars You'll meet one of the first and greatest fighters in that war... Read more.. 838
Opinions Swine Who Dine on Us | Posted on 2012-05-29 10:12:05 Summary: There is a current in American history that favors control and manipulation; that strain became especially prominent in education Many elite educators are overly... Read more.. 393
Education There Are Two Americas...and One of Them Can Hardly Read at All | Posted on 2012-05-29 10:26:26 Okay, folks, place your bets Was it clueless incompetence on a cosmic scale... Read more.. 305
Education Why Do Our Top Educators Hate Tests??? | Posted on 2012-06-19 12:21:10 There is a conspiracy against testing Clearly, the Education Establishment hates testing... Read more.. 423
Education How to Help Promote Education Reform | Posted on 2012-06-19 12:51:11 Background: Nobody knows what the heck is going on Even the country's leaders--the movers and shakers in business, politics and the community-- don't seem to grasp what i... Read more.. 382
Education Education: First, Fix the Rotten Foundation | Posted on 2012-06-19 12:57:34 Bill Gates said public schools are so bad they are a threat to the national economy and the society’s long-term survival What should we do... Read more.. 341
Education Clueless: Reading Turned Into Detective Work | Posted on 2012-06-19 13:05:41 Think of a detective investigating a crime scene He moves tensely, searching for clues... Read more.. 349
Opinions Six Roads to Dysfunctional Schools | Posted on 2012-07-11 19:00:13 Many wonder why American public schools are so dysfunctional Study American public education and you will probably reach a point where you are reluctant to look further;... Read more.. 382
Education Education Viewed as Form and Content | Posted on 2012-07-11 19:10:51 [Summary: Education has two basic components: Content and Form All the rest is tinsel and trivia... Read more.. 325
Education Church of Knowledge Vs. Church of Indoctrination | Posted on 2012-08-25 03:04:23 Many people, confronting the mediocrity and malaise of the public schools, are dumbfounded Why have things gotten so bad... Read more.. 313
Opinions How We Fix the Public Schools ASAP in Four Steps | Posted on 2012-08-25 03:07:26 Lenin asked his famous question in 1901: “What is to be done” Today in education, that question remains as hot and urgent as an oncoming hurricane... Read more.. 471
Education A 30th-Anniversary Celebration of “Why Johnny STILL Can’t Read” | Posted on 2012-08-25 03:17:45 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... Read more.. 334
Education How Children Read: A Primer For Teachers and Parents | Posted on 2012-08-25 13:58:47 The Reading Wars, astonishingly enough, continue to rage Rudolf Flesch explained the problem in 1955, in his famous book titled “Why Johnny Can’t Read... Read more.. 375
Politics Education: Everyone Should Be Paranoid | Posted on 2012-08-25 14:01:34 I remember, when I was in college, hearing other students discuss “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” a famous speech (1963) and essay (1964) by Richard Hofsta... Read more.. 466
Education Education: A Case of Hostile Intent | Posted on 2012-09-10 10:52:03 An Internet forum asked this question: “Suppose you had $1 billion to spend, how would you improve education” More than 40 people left suggestions, all of them smart,... Read more.. 345
Advice Dyslexia: A Cruel Myth | Posted on 2012-09-11 23:18:40 (SUMMARY: Is dyslexia an in-born mental condition Or merely an excuse that schools use to hide their instructional failures... Read more.. 306
Education State of the Education Nation / a Report From Improve-Education | Posted on 2012-10-01 18:35:41 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Education in the US remains curiously schizoid On the one hand, the official experts tell us they know what they’re doing, and public education is ... Read more.. 276
Education Why Has Cheating Become an Epidemic? | Posted on 2012-10-01 18:41:55 Pundits routinely assert there is a cheating epidemic in American education A few statistics can confirm the extent of the problem... Read more.. 626
Education Is English a Phonetic Language?? Of Course. 100% | Posted on 2012-10-24 09:48:08 Welcome to the Reading Wars One of the weirder aspects of this conflict is that some so-called experts say a lot of untrue things, for example, that English is not a phon... Read more.. 429
Culture Education: There Are All Kinds of Lobotomies | Posted on 2012-10-24 22:26:47 This is a story about mad scientists A true story... Read more.. 314
Opinions Education: Land of the Giant Bimbos | Posted on 2012-10-24 22:30:31 The Most Revealing Education Anecdote Ever, that’s the topic for today’s rant In researching why American public schools sank into mediocrity, I’ve read about 60 b... Read more.. 376
Education Memorization Versus "Higher Thinking": A Phony Issue | Posted on 2012-10-24 22:41:06 Once upon a time, in a country far away, students had to memorize stuff They knew the names of presidents, states, rivers, inventors, countries, books... Read more.. 312
Education Common Core Curriculum: The End of Education? | Posted on 2012-10-25 03:53:52 A remarkable spectacle has unfolded over the last few years The Obama Administration has offered multi-million dollar grants to states to tempt them into adopting a new a... Read more.. 238
Education Most Hostility to Phonics is Caused by Lies | Posted on 2012-10-25 04:04:10 There are parents who sincerely believe, “Phonics didn’t work for my child” This is an extraordinary assertion, akin to saying, “Exercise didn’t help my kid... Read more.. 361
Education Nation’s Reading Crisis Continues: Most Kids Functionally Illiterate | Posted on 2012-10-26 00:53:57 [SUMMARY: New test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress reveal that two-thirds of American kids are effectively illiterate New policies--and new ex... Read more.. 705
Humor Education: Waiting For Lewis Black | Posted on 2012-11-09 21:21:01 According to a movie and book that came out in 2010, everyone is Waiting For Superman That would be the heroic, miraculous, too-good-to-be-true school that will swoop do... Read more.. 538
Education Fake Reading Theory is the Slave Trade of Our Era | Posted on 2012-11-09 21:31:11 Fake reading theory is the slave trade of our era Conscience demands that it be opposed... Read more.. 396
Humor Education Establishment Resigns En Masse | Posted on 2012-11-09 21:37:45 Speaking to a large audience of colleagues, press, and spectators at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Professor D Tweedle gave a long, rambling speech often interr... Read more.. 434
Education “Balanced Literacy“ -- Unbalanced and Unhinged | Posted on 2012-11-28 14:21:44 So here’s the deal The same people who lied to us about reading for 70 years now want us to believe they are finally telling the truth... Read more.. 501
Education Why “Meaning” and “Comprehension” Are Strategies For Dumbing Down | Posted on 2012-11-29 00:45:15 Once upon a time, a reader was someone who could say the words on a page Readers didn’t leave out words that were there, or add words that were not there... Read more.. 552
Business Employees: What to Do About Their Educational Deficiencies | Posted on 2012-11-29 07:47:41 The good news is that the nation’s young people tend to be fairly well-adjusted, at ease with themselves, and suffering if anything from too much self-esteem  The bad... Read more.. 437
Opinions Education: A Walk on the Wild Side | Posted on 2012-11-29 07:49:26 [SUMMARY: Public schools are bad because the Education Establishment, for 75 years, has made them that way] Feeling brave... Read more.. 412
Opinions Let’s Get Busy Saving the Public Schools | Posted on 2012-12-06 03:58:15 Many pundits note that our public schools are sunk in mediocrity Bill Gates concluded the schools are so bad they threaten the country’s economic future... Read more.. 1072
Opinions If Public Schools Were a Business, All of Top Management Would Be Fired | Posted on 2012-12-06 04:05:33 If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be comical Our schools seem to be run by Italian cruise ship captains... Read more.. 438
Education In the Clutches of the Sight-Word Monster | Posted on 2012-12-06 04:13:59 The country continues to be plagued by illiteracy The reason is simple... Read more.. 323