This 16-page booklet is for teachers, parents, journalists, community leaders, and everybody concerned with improving public education.
The booklet solves a mystery: why are so many schools so mediocre?
The booklet points out that public schools are full of theories and methods that, truth be told, don’t work very well. They naturally create failure. If we got rid of all the bogus theories and methods, we would probably have a Renaissance.
This book examines 11 of the most destructive approaches under these headings:
---Reading is taught in the worst way
---Math is made unduly complex
---Grammar is hardly taught at all
---Memorization is discouraged
---Constructivism prohibits teachers from teaching
---So-called “relevance” ignores everything outside the student’s world
---Multiculturalism neglects everything in the child’s world
---Cooperative Learning undercuts the individual
---Fuzziness is favored over precision
---Self-esteem is used to justify cutting academic content
---Teachers are not given proper training and support
Most of the discussions you hear about public schools deal with the tangential. We need to look at the underlying problems, at what might be called the intellectual machinery. Fix this machinery, and schools will get better.
Children are in classrooms roughly 1,000 hours per year but, at the end of all that time, they hardly know more than when they started. Think what could be accomplished in 1,000 hours if the Education Establishment were serious about education!
It’s as if our Education Establishment did research to find the worst ideas in education, and then imposed them on the American public. Students know they’re being shortchanged. Parents know they and their children are being shortchanged. It’s time to get rid of all the failed methods.
QED: these bogus methods are “the real reasons” we have so much mediocrity in the schools.
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Bruce Deitrick Price is to the author of "Saving k-12--What happened to our public schools? How do we fix them?" (published November 17, 2017)
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