On a regional Mensa forum, I posted analysis of problems in education. To my delight, an indignant parent left her assessment of how bad our schools have become. First-person reports from the trenches are the most reliable intelligence you can get about this murky and unintelligent demimonde:
“I read your article and couldn’t agree more. I have lived it with my twins for the last 13 years. I nearly cried when we moved from a NYC public school to a school district in an affluent part of NJ only to find out they had the same mind-numbing constructivist Math program (TERC, Everyday Math, etc.)….As someone who loved Math in school, I couldn’t believe how much I hated and was confused by their math homework. There were many tears and much throwing of pencils across the room….”
People not familiar with our K-12 situation will find this a quick way to catch up.
See short article on American Thinker.
- That would be the Communist avant-garde, arriving here in strength in 1921.
This article is a quick history lesson about the fanatics that beset us. A five-minute read.
Just 10 years later, in 1931, the Comintern made a move of extraordinary audacity, and long-term consequences. They staged a coup against phonics, trashing the old books, and bringing in the carefully bogus Dick and Jane.
You might object, what are you talking about, I’ve never even heard of this group. Comintern??? Is that a real thing?
That is Commie jargon for the Communist International. Lenin ordered these people to take over the world by infiltrating businesses, government agencies, universities, media, foundations, anything and everything.
These are the termites in your basement and you don’t care until your house falls down.
The Comintern is the reason we have 50 million functional illiterates. Only 20 years after they started their attack, the decline in literacy was so great that Rudolf Flesch felt compelled to write his famous book, Why Johnny Can’t Read, and Americans felt compelled to buy millions of copies.
“The Comintern gave us a century of brutal meddling.”
More discussion of our illiteracy problem.
Most memorable paragraph:
“Probably the most revealing event in American education occurred in 1928. That’s when Dr. Samuel Orton, a neurologist working with a Rockefeller grant, concluded that Whole Word (often called sight-words) did not work. He got the grant because his sponsors assumed he would endorse Sight-words. Instead, he trashed this method, adding that it would damage children’s minds for a lifetime. But our Education Establishment, convinced by the stock market crash of ’29 that Karl Marx was right after all, moved aggressively to expel phonics from all American schools. This expulsion has been quietly but ruthlessly sustained to this day. Point is, all the top people in the field of education always knew, thanks to Dr. Orton, that they were selling snake oil.”
“When the schools don’t do a good job, parents and community leaders must step up their game. Oppose the bad stuff. When feasible, create alternatives. Millions of young Americans have been effectively kept from reaching their potential. This is a national scandal. Children don’t under-educate themselves. You need adults to do the dirty work.”
A political activist in Cleveland wrote to tell me that the people in his city are 66% functionally illiterate. Possibly the worst stats in America. He wanted me to write something about this tragedy. I immediately knew the title: “Hey, Cleveland? Why do you hate your children??”
Cleveland is uniquely dysfunctional. On the other hand, Cleveland’s story is the country’s story. Incompetent, probably corrupted bureaucrats aim low and hit their target. There may also be external pressures by the geniuses of sabotage we refer to as the Comintern. (I say may also be to be polite. But really, who else but Communists and other slave owners would deliberately strive to keep children illiterate?)
In which context I mention the famous interview with KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov. I urge everyone to learn more about his explanation for our decline and fall. The video is linked at the end of my article. Only 14 minutes and then you’ll know everything.
“Cleveland?! Why do you hate your children?“
Recent article on American Thinker explains why so many Americans are illiterate.
My big theme is that we can’t save the country if we don’t first save the public schools. (And we can’t do that without eliminating one of the world’s dumbest educational methods, i.e., using sight-words to teach reading.)
Parents can’t expect help from major universities and foundations. The media are especially compromised, as they remain silent on how the schools might be hurting your children. So, it’s everyone’s job to improve literacy.