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Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write, or Add Paperback – September 15, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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As a teacher, I have already endured the idiocies chronicled in this book. Cooperative learning? That was a two-day seminar. Self-esteem? Another inservice. Hey, I attended one in which the presenter passed out a packet of information including - so help me God - a "hugging homework" assignment. Did someone say "mission statement?" As a member of the campus Site-Based Decision Management Committee, I put in my two cents' worth when I tried to insert the notion that education should develop individual knowledge and responsibility. It was okayed and seconded by fellow teachers. Somehow, the version now hanging in our school district boardroom omitted my input. Equity? Been there, done that with our equity specialist. Here's an updated version of Mother Goose rhymes from an inservice handout I saved:
Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over the candlestick.
Jill be nimble,
Do it, too.
If Jack can do it, so can you.
If Winston Smith were a teacher, he'd know the party line is preceded by the phrase "research is showing." Party committees are headed by hacks with self-important titles like "equity specialist" and "curriculum coordinator". The language is corrupted to the same extent as Oceania. Students engage in "cooperative learning" formerly known as cheating. "At-risk students" is preferred to "just plain lazy".
The aeries of districts are crowded with doctors of education.Read more ›
nationwide showing the tenuous relationship
between school spending and quality education,
you would think those who make school policy would look elsewhere for a reason why our schools are such failures.
In this compelling and informative book about our educational decline
Charles Sykes gives us a glimpse into the insanity of a system which rewards political correctness, student failure and poor teaching habits. Dogmatic iberals
won't like it, but concerned parents and others should
look at this study before pouring any more funding into a failed system. Paul J. Walkowski, Co-Author, "From Trial Court to the United States Supreme Court"
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This book was very relative back in the 90's when Baby Boomer's were raising the Y generation that are now the 18-35 year old generation in 2016. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. D. Stewart
This book starts off very dry and throughout the whole book, it goes from interesting to boring. It is an older published book so there are a lot of differences in today's world... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Code-Alpha
I'm a teaching Asst.at a high risk school. This book hits the mark concerning the enablement of the students to "feel good" about themselves at the expense of any knowledge... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brad Byers
While this was a good read and had a few new insights that some might have seen before. Mr. Sykes did not back up what he wrote. He had no references. Read morePublished 18 months ago by LadyCatherine