7/9/13

Warning to parents: teach your children to read before school starts


Many public schools still teach sight-words. Take precautions.

School starts in less than two months. Take steps now to make sure your kids understand the basics of reading. The basics are simple. You can teach them.

A problem occurs if children are made to memorize sight-words without ever hearing about the basics. So here are the basics 1-2-3:

1) Children must learn to say, and then to print, the alphabet (the ABC's). They can identify any letter they see. 

2) Then they learn that the letters stand for certain sounds, A is for aaa. 

3) Then they learn the blends; that’s when you say the T-sound (tuh-) and an A-sound quickly....and you get "taa."

That’s phonics!

That’s the basis of everything that goes on in a phonetic language. Most children will figure it out for themselves given enough time. The problem is that less-verbal kids need direct instruction the most.

If the child ends up at a school that still teaches sight-words (also known as high-frequency words, Dolch words, whole words and other names), that child can be slowed down drastically.

Here are some resources you can use. They all deal with the same problem from different directions. So pick one and start:

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"Hey! Teach these kids to read." This is a good article for getting started.    http://www.rantrave.com/Rant/HEY-Teach-Those-Kids-to-Read.aspx

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"54: Preemptive Reading – Teach Your Child Early Explains the phonics concept at greater length.
http://www.improve-education.org/id81.html


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"The Bouncing Ball Project.” Features several videos with a bouncing ball. Children will understand the directionality of English and the concept of syllables. We welcome feedback.
http://bouncingball.weebly.com

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Best video on reading. Please view. 
If too small, view on YouTube.


7/3/13

4th of July Meditation: Why Socialists Hurt Education


One bizarre aspect of any discussion about public education is that everybody tiptoes around the real reason why the schools are mediocre.

We spend billions of dollars. Millions of people work in this area. The whole country embraces public education.

So why do we have low literacy rates, widespread ignorance among ordinary citizens about simple things, etc., etc.??

The people in charge can’t be trying to do a good job. Put another way, whatever it is these people mean by “education” is not what most parents want for their kids.

John Dewey and everybody else in charge of public education from 1900 onward was a socialist, a communist, a collectivist, or something of the sort. This is not a secret. Most of these people used the word “progressive” to describe themselves, and this was a common synonym for socialist. 

The only thing that seems to be hidden is the degree to which these people would push their socialist agenda--rather than focus on the educational services they are paid to care about.

Bottom line, it clarifies every discussion about education if we understand that the DNA of this field is far to the left. Socialists want to eliminate private property, religion, family, and freedom. To accomplish all this, they try to dumb down the public through education.

Clearly, the American Revolution was not fought on behalf of these disgraceful goals.

For a longer discussion, see “Socialism versus Education.""” 

http://www.examiner.com/article/socialism-versus-education

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