A Downhome Perspective on All Things Southern
|I have been involved as an
education activist since the late 1980s when, as a teacher in middle
school, high school and university level classrooms, I observed
firsthand the large number of functional illiterates our schools were
producing. When nearly 60% of first time entering freshmen at community
colleges must take remedial reading and math it would appear obvious
that there is something wrong with the curriculum in public education.
When young people have no idea about who the Pilgrims where, where they
came for and the purpose for their coming, the need for a readjustment
in our education system would seem evident. Knowing that the US
ranks 17 out of 30 developed countries ranked should make a revolution
in education imperitive. Dean Kunkel of Auburn once told me the current
education philosophy was based on "current wisdom" not fact based,
empirically proven methodology. The results are proof of this.
There's an old story that goes something like this:
A group of women were walking by a river when they saw a large number of children struggling in the current being swept downstream. The women formed a human chain pulling the children from the current, yet many continued to drift toward the falls.
One woman broke away from the chain and headed back up the river.
"Where are you going? There are so many! We need your help!"
She responded, " I am going to find out who is throwing them in!"
BETSY DEVOS, President Elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Education, is that woman. She will look at education with a clear perspective untainted by the social engineering progressivism with which our colleges of education indoctrinate their students. (Surely you wonder why the street mobs "Protesting" are carrying out the instructions of their teachers. Some call it their homework.)
The power of the National Education Association has insured their political power and control of the Department of Education since its inception. Manifestos of their progressive philosophy such as the WHOLE LANGUAGE CATALOG are peopled by socialist heroes like defrocked Marxist priest, Paulo Frere, Jean Jacques Rousseau, who consigned his own illegitimate children to foundling homes in France, and others.
These are my thoughts and I'm not running for office. I can be as controversial as I like. Fixing schools doesn't take more money!
Progressive education has produced Jay Leno's sidewalk comics.
It's time for radical redirection.
We must not continue to listen to those who created the problem tell us how to fix it
An 18th Century Library owned by a Founding Father
Behavior Models Attitudes and Beliefs (Pavlov in action)
Cat in the Hat
Critique of the Alabama Social Studies Course of Study
Conflict Resolution? Or New Age Religion?
Conspiracy of the Left
Difference Between Whole Language and Phonics
Dothan Reading Scores
Education An Historical Perspective
Education Today Article
From the Whole Language Catalog
Help! Someone Has Stolen My Child
How I Would Fix Our Local Schools
Marva Collins Childrens' Reading List
Math Notes and Websites
Modeling attitudes and beliefs through Conflict Resolution
My Credentials to Speak Problems in Education
Reading list for adults a 2 centuries ago
Thank You Whole Language
Why Reading Instruction Must Be Addressed First!
What We Must Do to Fix Our Education
Who's Learning Disabled?