Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
Written by Bruce Deitrick Price
Private school kids can read. Classical academy kids can read. Montessori school kids can read. Homeschooled kids can read. Spot the pattern?
It’s only kids in public schools who can’t read. Why is that? You would think our education professors would figure out what the schools are doing wrong. In fact, they have not figured out very much in the last 80 years. Our professors seem mainly concerned with perpetuating the wrong ways to teach reading. And so the crisis continues.
Truth is, reading is easy to teach and easy to learn. All the phonics experts agree: reading is no big deal It should happen routinely in the first grade. Our brains are wired to learn to read. Many children learn to read with virtually no instruction. Reading is a problem only if the people in charge refuse to teach it correctly.
Here’s the bad news. Our Education Establishment, starting around 1930, insisted on teaching reading the wrong way. Their favorite bogus method is called sight-words, Whole Word, Whole Language, and many other aliases. It doesn’t work. (Phonics, on the other hand, does work. All the research confirms this.)
Here is additional bad news. Many school districts, after having shifted toward phonics for many years, are now recidivists. They have again embraced Dolch Words, Fry Words, high-frequency words, i.e., all the paraphernalia of bad teaching that virtually guarantee sub-literacy.
Many schools and school districts now have websites which clearly tell children they must learn their sight-words, for example:
“Over half of every newspaper article, textbook, children’s story, and novel is composed of these 300 words. It is difficult to write a sentence without using several of the first 300 words in the Fry 1000 Instant Words List. Consequently, students need to be able to read the first 300 Instant Words without a moment’s hesitation.”
Savor the phrase “without a moment’s hesitation.” In education circles, such instant recall is referred to as “automaticity.” These websites make it sound so easy. In fact it’s nearly impossible. Place on a table 25 objects— flags of Europe, brands of cars, famous people. Try to name all of them quickly with no hesitation. You’ll find it very difficult even with a small set of familiar objects. Imagine you need to know hundreds. Many children never gain automaticity with more than a few hundred words. All the other words they read in a fumbling way or not at all. And remember that these Dolch lists do not include proper names such as Benjamin Franklin and Germany. You see here the method by which our public schools create children who can’t read and don’t know very much.
Next consider a quote from a school site in Kentucky. The school dictates exactly what is supposed to happen but rarely does:
“SIGHT WORD POLICY—A high percentage of all reading material is composed of relatively few words. These high frequency words are called “sight words” because they must be recognized instantly, on sight, for reading fluency. Students in grades K-5 will be assessed on their grade level sight word list. All of the sight words are taken from the Fry Sight Word List. A report of this assessment will be included in the second grading report card. By the end of Kindergarten, students should be able to read 50 sight words. By the end of First Grade, students should be able to read 200 sight words. By the end of Second Grade, students should be able to read 400 sight words, and by the end of Third Grade, students should be able to read 600 words. By the end of Fourth Grade, students should be able to know 800 words. By the end of Fifth Grade, students should be able to know 1,000 words. In order to meet grade level goals, we are asking parents to work with their children on recognition of these sight words each day.” (LINK)
Meanwhile, phonics-taught students will be reading by the second grade.
So now you know why so many children reach middle school hardly able to read, and thinking about giving up. As fast as they learn new sight-words, they forget the earlier ones. These kids are just a mess. Even if they do retain hundreds of sight-words, that’s not a lot in the vast English language. These kids cannot read an ordinary book, newspaper, or brochure, for the simple practical reason that most words they run into are unknown to them.
In sum, the public schools teaching sight-words are engaged in deceit. They pretend they don’t know the best way to teach reading. (Hint: it’s called phonics.) They pretend to be nutty professors stumbling around in the dark, always coming up with odd new approaches and strange new jargon.
At this point in our history, it’s critically important that every American reject these methods and the jargon. Just say no to Whole Word, sight-words, Fry Words, high-frequency words, and the rest.
It’s also critically important that every adult knows what phonics is: children learn the alphabet, then the sounds of the letters, and then the blends. At that point the student is reading. Real readers do not guess. They do not hesitate. They do not leave out words. They do not substitute words. They read from left to right, syllable by syllable and word by word. Even with this minimal understanding of the process, adults can protect the next generation.
Our tragedy is that we have public schools that shamelessly use bad methods and get bad results. Then they stand around acting surprised that they’ve gotten bad results. The Education Establishment cannot admit they know what they are doing wrong. And they cannot blame themselves. Instead, they blame the weakest, most defenseless person in sight. That’s the kid who can’t read. Every one of these non-readers is said to have some sort of mental or emotional problem. They are ADHD. They have dyslexia. The family is alcoholic and dysfunctional. Etc.
Meanwhile, if we could check, we would probably find the kids in the public schools are, at the start of first grade, genetically and cognitively identical to all the other kids in the area. The differences, if any, emerge after the kids are in public schools for a few years. By that time they have raging cases of what might best be called “dysteachia” and “schoolitis“— that is, wholly artificial disabilities created in our classrooms.
CODA: “Why Johnny Can’t Read” by Rudolf Flesch was published 60 years ago in 1955. This is one of the most important books in America’s intellectual history. It explains in simple terms why there was an epidemic of bad readers. At that point the story got very strange. Our Education Establishment sneered at Flesch and went right on promoting their dysfunctional ideas. They do so until this day. The pattern is quite obvious: the Education Establishment will do to each community what the community will put up with. So if you have any hope of your children learning to read, you have to push back. Insist on phonics starting in K. Second-grade children should be able to select their own little books and read them. And thus the illiteracy crisis ends.
For a quick introduction to phonics, see “Preemptive Reading.”
Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
The city of Baltimore has been transformed into an “absolute war zone“, and the governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency as the rioting in “Charm City” continues to escalate. The funeral for Freddie Gray has unleashed a firestorm of violence, and none of it is going to do anyone any good. To their credit, some of the leaders of the African-American community are standing up and loudly condemning the violence. They know that smashing cars, throwing rocks at police and looting stores is not going to solve anything. But just like we saw in Ferguson, there are lots of people out there that are ready to riot, loot and set things on fire at the drop of a hat – all they need is an opportunity. The social decay that has been eating away at the foundations of our society for generations is now manifesting in some very ugly ways. We have raised an entire generation of young people in a “value free” environment, and now we are getting to experience some of the consequences of our foolishness. And what we are witnessing in Baltimore right now is just the start. Eventually, we are going to see scenes like this all over the nation.
Thanks to social media, the violence that we saw in Baltimore on Monday is being broadcast to the entire planet. The whole world is getting a really good look at what the decline of America looks like. The following is how the New York Times described what took place…
Angry youths could be seen surrounding a police cruiser and smashing its windows in what police described as an organized attack by criminals — not demonstrators. Cars were set on fire, and stores’ windows were smashed in. Heavy smoke poured out of a CVS drugstore, which had earlier been overrun by looters. Several other businesses, including a liquor store and a check-cashing shop, were also looted.
You can find some incredible photos of looting in progress right here. Do those young people believe that they are actually doing something constructive that will make a difference in our society? Of course not. They are opportunists that are taking advantage of the chaos to commit crime.
And you know what? A lot of older African-Americans were absolutely disgusted by what they were seeing. The following is just one example…
Barbara Taylor, 60, has lived in the neighborhood near the store for 15 years. As she spoke, a group of teenagers carrying cases of soda and Arizona Iced Tea walked by. “All I can see is crime,” said Taylor. “The people doing this don’t live around here. They’re kids coming in to our neighborhood and breaking it apart. There is no reason for this.”
Of course the biggest targets on Monday were police officers. It is becoming extremely dangerous to be a police officer in America today, and this is something that I wrote an entire article about recently. During the violence on Monday, seven police officers were seriously injured. At least some of the injured had broken bones, and one was described as being “unresponsive”…
“We have seven officers who were injured during the course of this,” said Baltimore Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk. “They have broken bones, one of them is unresponsive. This is not okay. Our officers went out to that situation to make sure that the people who live in that community were safe and we’re going to continue to do what we can to make sure that those people stay safe.
“It’s a group of lawless individuals,” Kowalczyk said of the rioters. “What we know is that they are a group of criminals with no regard for the people in the community.”
This is what America is becoming, and this is only just the beginning. As I mentioned yesterday, I went on the record publicly regarding my belief that civil unrest was coming specifically to Baltimore during a speech I gave on the evening of April 11th. That was about a week before Freddie Gray died. But little did I know that it would start happening before the end of the month. The following are some tweets that contain scenes from the violence that we witnessed on Monday…
— IBTimes (@IBTimes) April 28, 2015
— Hillary's Burrito (@rovibe71) April 27, 2015
— Victoria Bekiempis (@vicbekiempis) April 27, 2015
— Conflict News (@rConflictNews) April 27, 2015
— News This Second (@NewsThisSecond) April 27, 2015
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 27, 2015
— Lisa Rohlfing (@lingling23) April 27, 2015
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 27, 2015
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 27, 2015
— Angie Goff (@OhMyGOFF) April 27, 2015
— First In Last Out (@4gen234) April 27, 2015
— Joe Talaiver (@jtalaiver) April 27, 2015
Make sure to watch that last video. It shows a man literally being dragged out of his store and ruthlessly beaten by a gang of young thugs. Because of the decisions that we have made as a society, this is what the future of our country is going to look like. This is something that I have been warning about for years, and now it is here.
So let us mourn for America, because the nation that so many of us love is slipping away a little bit more every single day.Follow VeronicaCoffin
Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
On Saturday night, the city of Baltimore resembled a warzone as protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned wildly violent. One eyewitness reported watching the streets around him and his friend “turn into madness” as they left a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. Car windows were smashed, stores were robbed, chairs were thrown and large numbers of random bystanders were attacked. One prominent Democrat claims that those committing the violence were “mainly from out of town“, but how would he know that? Today, there are approximately 2.7 million people living in the Baltimore metropolitan area. It is an area that has been known for poverty, crime and drugs for many years, and as racial tensions continue to increase in this country it is a powder keg that could erupt at literally any time. We got a preview of what can happen on Saturday night. If this is how people will act while economic conditions are still relatively stable in this country, what in the world is going to happen when things really start falling apart?
On Saturday, April 11th, I delivered a presentation down in Dallas, Texas in which I warned about the rioting and civil unrest that are soon coming to this nation. On slide number 145 of the presentation, I specifically named the city of Baltimore as one of the cities where this would happen. But I had no idea that the rioting in Baltimore would begin so quickly. And the violence that we saw on Saturday night was at a level that was quite shocking. The following is how the Daily Mail described some of the chaos that ensued…
Local news captured live footage of a man throwing a flaming trash can at the police line.
A group of roughly 100 protesters broke out a window of a department store with a chair they got at a restaurant across the street at The Gallery, a downtown shopping mall.
The same group broke the windows of restaurants including a Subway sandwich shop near Camden Yards, tossing chairs and tables through the glass.
Protesters also engaged with a group of Orioles fans at Slider’s Bar and Grille and began fighting with patrons.
This kind of thing is not supposed to happen in America.
But it is happening. Ferguson set the precedent, and now this is going to spread all over the country.
You can see some excellent photographs of the chaos that happened in Baltimore right here, and in the video posted below several young thugs smash out the front window of a police cruiser as dozens of onlookers cheer them on…
Things were so bad outside of the stadium where the Baltimore Orioles play that some of the Orioles actually thought about spending the night inside the clubhouse.
One of the things that is being ignored by many in the mainstream media is that fact that one of the key organizers of the Baltimore protests is a former national chairman of the New Black Panther Party named Malik Shabazz. These days, he is the president of an organization known as “Black Lawyers for Justice”, but he is definitely still up to his old tricks. The following is an excerpt from an article about the Baltimore riots in the New York Times…
There, Malik Shabazz, president of Black Lawyers for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based group that called for the demonstration and advertised it on social media, told the crowd that he would release them in an hour, adding: “Shut it down if you want to! Shut it down!”
Mr. Shabazz said in a later interview that his rhetoric was intended only to encourage civil disobedience — not violence — but added that he was “not surprised” by the scattered angry outbursts because people here “haven’t received justice.”
If you are marching for “justice”, you don’t throw objects at random bystanders, loot stores or attack vehicles that are just driving through the area. But all of those things happened on Saturday night. The following is how an eyewitness described one of the most harrowing attacks…
The crowd of protesters then stopped a blue station wagon carrying a white family as they tried to drive past Pickles, Bullpen and Sliders along a narrow one-way stretch between the bars and the main road. As a horde of them smashed their open and closed fists on the hood of the car—while impeding them by standing in front of them—the driver backed up on the one way pass in a desperate attempt to get out of dodge. Then, stopped on the other side with nowhere to go, protesters ripped open the passenger door of the car and began reaching around inside the vehicle. As hundreds of people looked on, including several police officers who didn’t engage the violent protesters, the white woman in the front seat—middle-aged and a little heavyset with dark hair—was visibly terrified. The group of black men who ripped open the car door suddenly realized they were separated from the larger group of protesters and abandoned their quest to seemingly either carjack the station wagon or rob the people inside in front of hundreds, driving out of the one-way street back onto the main road and presumably out of dodge.
Of course all of this did not just erupt out of a vacuum. Racial tensions on all sides have been stirred up by the mainstream media, by our politicians, and by other prominent national leaders for years. At this point, even pastors are inflaming the tensions…
Activist Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church, told his congregation Sunday that “somebody is going to have to pay” for Gray’s death, the Associated Press reported.
If “you’re black in America, your life is always under threat,” Bryant said.
Why can’t we all just learn to love one another, forgive one another, and peacefully come up with some solutions that are going to work for all of us?
Sadly, all of this hate and anger is just another sign of the social decay that is eating away at the foundations of our society like a cancer.
And if people are willing to act like this when our economy is still relatively stable and things are still relatively good in this nation, what are they going to do when they don’t have any money in their pockets and they don’t know where their next meal is going to come from?
What we witnessed in Baltimore on Saturday night is just the beginning.
Much worse is coming, and eventually we are going to see tremendous civil unrest and rioting all over this nation.