K-12 Hope and Hopelessness

Another excellent educational analysis from Bruce Deitrick Price. The deterioration of American education and student performance, including basic skills and foundational knowledge, has been documented since Jimmy Carter established the Department of Education in 1971. Johnny can’t read, Johnny can’t add, and Johnny can’t find the United States on a world map because Johnny’s education has been politicized.

The enemies of America know the future of our nation is with the children.
The enemies of freedom know that competence is the mother of self-esteem. Johnny has been deliberately confused, confounded, and disheartened. His destructive education leads to depression and behavioral problems, physical manifestations, medications, and now gender confusion. The sabotage is intentional.

The educational establishment in America is the enemy within. It is producing angry, self-hating, confused, illiterate students who are ripe for political exploitation. The mistake that parents make is in continuing to trust the leftist educational establishment.

The radical leftist curricula exposed during Covid lockdowns is a warning to all Americans. Politicized education, like politicized medicine, has the same destructive objective: to collapse America from within and replace our constitutional republic with globalist planetary governance. The globalist gang leaders in today’s psychodrama have created the hopelessness they resolve in true Hegelian fashion. They offer students hope in John Lennon’s iconic song, “Imagine” – the fictitious globalist dreamscape. The song describes a world without countries, religion, heaven, hunger – a world of peace and harmony. Sounds great – but one-world governance is a binary world of rulers and ruled. There is no freedom for the individual.

Maybe if Johnny could read he would know that every binary collectivist experiment in world history has ended in tyranny and death. Politicized education is designed for destruction – not construction. Radical leftist education is destroying your child’s inquiring mind, and will destroy our beloved country. 

Linda Goudsmit / March 25, 2022


K-12: Hope and hopelessness

By Bruce Deitrick Price / March 25, 2022

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Want better schools? Let’s talk about the best way to teach in every situation.

To start, let’s for a few seconds wonder what happened to classical conditioning? That was for a time considered the answer to all education problems. Does it have a place in modern classrooms?

The basic idea was that, if you give corn to a chicken, you can persuade it to perform a certain task. The closest thing to that scenario would be a piece of candy every time the students did what you want. But that’s hardly feasible in classrooms, although some of the early reading theories seem to be imagining such a simple-minded sequence.

We probably have to give up the idea of a tangible reward. Let’s think more generally, of something desirable, something pleasurable that the student wants. A good feeling perhaps, such as confidence or self-satisfaction.

Here’s my suggestion: probably the most fertile research would identify approaches based on the pleasure principle. Successful education makes children feel good, that’s the bottom line. Conversely, bad education makes children feel bad. Oddly enough, we have mountains of that.

I got these insights as I studied common practice in K-12. I was struck by how quickly children are frustrated and depressed. I knew this was the opposite of what we want.

It seemed to me that the Pavlovians have done research to find the worst ideas. What would most paralyze a child’s education? For example, in Common Core Math you give them impossible weird techniques so they never feel in control. In the case of reading you make the children memorize thousands of sight-words, which is Mission Impossible for almost all children.

So the big brains in elementary education, with millions of dollars to spend, came up with methods that are the opposite of what generates confidence. We see a real perversion here. I think it’s sick and I write this article in the hope I can persuade people to stop going down the same wrong road.

Looking at these Hindenburg approaches that inevitably crash in flames, you have a clear guidepost on what NOT to do. If the students are grim, if they need more medication, if they come home complaining, if they can never finish their homework, and they can’t sleep…Wake up! You have lunatics running your schools. I’m disappointed in the intellectual level of superintendents, principals, and above them the local VIPs, that is, political, media and business executives, in short, all the people who used to protect citizens from nonsense.

Now I want to quote Mona McNee in England, now deceased, who wrote a phonics book called Step-by-Step, and on this side my favorite educator of all Joan Dunn, and her 1953 book, Retreat from Learning. Both women basically made the same point: children want to be taught step-by-step so they can see their progress; and the more ordinary the kids are, the more urgent and decisive is this need.

Give children small steps they can easily master. That is everything you need to know. We don’t have to teach children the so-called meaning of math nor the deeper truths inside of language. People pushing those goals, I believe, are saboteurs.

Teach children the simplest bits and pieces, and then review their mastery, and then teach and test them again in different ways, so they know deeply that 2+3 = 5, and 100s of other basic facts. If the Common Core hustlers pretend that such mastery is not actually knowing anything because they merely memorize it, then you should respond, yes that’s exactly the right way to do it.

The essence here is not to get bogged down in trying to prescribe details and specifics. Every day there are thousands of different situations.

The true goal is always the same. Children feel good and learn more quickly because of that. What you don’t want to see is children squirming in their seats and looking miserable because they can’t grasp the clutter that you tried to put into their minds. Whatever you told them is too complicated. Do it again more simply.

The reason we don’t have enough scientists and mathematicians, and enough science and math in the general population, is we don’t teach them in a congenial, child-friendly way. The same goes for literacy and basic knowledge.

Instead of hope, we give children hopelessness. Everybody loses.

Bruce Deitrick Price is the author of six books, an artist, a poet, and an education reformer. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia, earned Honors in English Literature from Princeton, served two years in the Army, and then lived many years in Manhattan.

Price explains educational theories and methods on his ed site Improve-Education.org (founded in 2005). He has 400 education articles and videos on the Internet. More forcefully than most, Price argues that the public schools are mediocre because our Education Establishment wants them that way.

Price’s literary site is Lit4u.com .

© Copyright 2022 by Bruce Deitrick Price



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