Public schools are a vast money pit. Education officials seem to prefer inefficiency and mediocrity. We could have better schools at less cost. This book explains how.
Bruce Deitrick Price is the country’s most prolific and aggressive writer on education. He is good at explaining the root causes, the problems that typically occur, and the ideological obsessions that lead our Education Establishment astray.
This book presents 65 articles divided into 10 themes: Reading; Math; Weird Theories and Methods; Common Core; Historical Background; Guilty as Charged; Where Are Our Leaders; What to Do Now; and others. You can read the articles in any order and dip in wherever you want. This is lively reading about grim topics. If we don’t save the public schools, we’re not going to save very much else.
The author’s goal is to make sure the public understands the dysfunctional theories and methods found in our classrooms. An informed public is the only weapon that can work against the Education Establishment’s control.
The education debate in the US is almost comatose. We need to take that debate to a much higher level. Please use this book to stir discussion.
Pub date: Nov. 17. Preorder now on Amazon, etc.
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Novelist, artist, and poet, Bruce Deitrick Price has always been fascinated by the shenanigans seen in our public schools. Children are taught to read but somehow are not able to read. They are taught to do arithmetic but can’t add and subtract without a calculator. They are supposedly taught history, science, and the rest but end up largely ignorant.
Is all of this some strange accident that continues decade after decade? Highly improbable. The more likely scenario, Price argues, is that our Progressives view the schools as a mechanism to alter children and thus the society. Understand their methods, and you can improve the schools.
More than a dozen people prominent in education provided comments that could be included in the book. Here are three:
“Bruce Deitrick Price is a fierce advocate of education and in particular literacy instruction. A true believer in phonics instruction in early literacy, Bruce backs up his opinions with solid research and facts. His well-researched and thought-provoking articles are an asset for parents and educators alike. He is in a league of his own.”
Kim Latta, founder of Exceeding Reading
“There is nothing more important than your child’s education, and no one has a better grasp on what is happening in the schools of the current day than columnist/author Bruce Price.” Judi McLeod, Editor of Canada Free Press
“When we have the good fortune to see a true warrior in children’s education, we should mark that date on our calendar. We need to record the time we became amazed by the boldness, tenacity, and true creativity in that warrior’s work. Bruce D. Price is one such warrior who continues to offer reason and truth to the expanding world of twisted education that our children and their parents must exist in every day.” Nakonia (Niki) Hayes, author of John Saxon’s Story, a genius of common sense in math education
Several years ago, an education group in Italy searched the Internet for an expert to advise them on how to fight sight-words in their public schools. They decided that Price was the expert they could trust. In October, 2017, he was invited to Milan to speak at their conference. This group–Pensare Oltre– is especially indignant that the school system uses psychiatry against the children, seeing disease everywhere (for example, dyslexia, ADHD, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia). In other words, the Italians are fighting the same problems and patterns seen in the US for many decades. Instead of education, the children get Ritalin.
(Price is an Honors graduate of Princeton in English Literature and the author of seven novels. He has always admired lucid language and honest thinking. The field of education, to his surprise, is weirdly deficient in both areas. Price calls this surprise the “crooked house epiphany.” Why would anyone build a crooked house? Public education in the US forces everyone to confront that question.)