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BY BRUCE DEITRICK PRICE Title is riff on the famous line by Simon and Garfunkel, “Hello, darkness, my old friend.” Like the original, this article is a sad song about darkness. It’s common to hear critics and reformers complain about the poor results achieved in public schools. Still, most people assume that...
BY BRUCE DEITRICK PRICE No school is an island; each school, each sector of education, is connected to the others. Influences will flow between them. It’s reasonable to think a nation’s educational institutions will rise and fall together. College professors may hope they can retreat to an ivory tower, untouched by...
BY BRUCE DEITRICK PRICE Education is an intellectually convoluted field. Perhaps 100 years ago it was simple. Teachers taught children the 3 R’s, civics, penmanship, geography, all the obvious subjects. That’s long gone. Now, education is a minefield of sophistries, propaganda, and outright lies. A century ago, John Dewey and the...
BY BRUCE DEITRICK PRICE One of the more controversial recommendations in the new Common Core standards is that high school seniors concentrate on non-fiction in their reading assignments. Literature is disdained. Just as bad, the recommended non-fiction is the worst sort of non-fiction, being bureaucratic and regulatory in nature. For example, our Education...
BY BRUCE DEITRICK PRICE Education is a mystifying field. You can study it for years but remain forever on the surface. The media, for example, endlessly discuss every aspect of public education. But nothing improves; and nobody explains why we spend so much money but get mediocre results. (Note: many pundits...