My nephew’s wife mentioned that their 12 year old son had recently been reported to be having difficulties in school. The worried parents had arranged for a psychological assessment . They were told that he had a condition known as dysgraphia – the inability to express himself clearly in written English. Having been a teacher,…Read More
Why a U.S. Government Agency Covers Up Proven Educational Methods While Millions of Children Become Illiterate
It is naïve to pretend that science is free of bias and of political involvement. If it were, there would be no need for lobbyists in Washington from groups like the chemical and defense companies. “Science” may be conducted more for their benefit, than for its indisputable proofs. When influenced by “big tobacco”, some studies…Read More
Why doesn’t your school care that Johnny didn’t learn to read? Fact: This year 35% of the children leaving first grade did not learn to read. Fact: 85% of these children will never learn to read and will become illiterate. Fact: A high school student drops out of school every 26 seconds. Fact: …Read More
Helping to Change Our Schools by Increasing Literacy – Part 4 Introduction The Amarok Society project in Dhaka Bangladesh is a microscopic version of what might become a literacy epidemic. The environment had most, if not all, of the required conditions; A fledgling Connector – me A Maven – Dr. Tanyss Munro – an expert…Read More
Blog #106- Helping our schools by increasing student literacy. – Part 3 Introduction One possibility for helping to change schools is to create a literacy epidemic of the type reported in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Tipping Point which was described in the last blog (Blog #105). Gladwell points out that certain environmental circumstances…Read More
Why Our Schools Are Failing – Part 5 A Second Solution It is possible that schools could quickly and universally adopt methods that have irrefutable research backgrounds to support them, such as Behavior Analysis, Direct Instruction, and Precision Teaching. That is unlikely to happen. There are simply too few knowledgeable practitioners to train,…Read More
Blog #99 – Why our schools are failing. Introduction 25% of North Americans are functionally illiterate. A student drops out of school every 16 seconds. 50+ percent of college students require remedial courses in math and reading. 50% of Americans cannot understand material written at an Eighth Grade level. 85% of…Read More
The Teach Your Children Well Book Bits Interview. Michael Maloney’s first book, Teach Your Children Well is an award-winning, best –seller and is becoming a classic in its field. The book describes the causes and effects of illiteracy in North America. Lots of books do that. Michael’s book differs from the pack in…Read More
The Problem According to U.S. Dept of Education statistics, a high school student drops out of school every 26 seconds. In most cases, they see themselves as having little or no hope of graduating. Seventy percent of those who return to school for a second chance drop out again. Less than 20% of those who…Read More
An article appeared in the Dothan Eagle yesterday morning. It is a sample of the current state of literacy in America. Some of its findings include: Nearly a third of first-year college students have to take remedial reading or math classes This costs colleges money because they must invest dollars and staff in providing remedial…Read More
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