Bruce Deitrick Price column
Bruce Deitrick Price is the author of six books, an artist, a poet, and an education reformer. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia, earned Honors in English Literature from Princeton, served two years in the Army, and then lived many years in Manhattan.

Price explains educational theories and methods on his ed site Improve-Education.org (founded in 2005). He has 400 education articles and videos on the Internet. More forcefully than most, Price argues that the public schools are mediocre because our Education Establishment wants them that way.

Price's literary site is Lit4u.com .


America, you've been punked
Bruce Deitrick Price
April 17, 2017

The Reading Wars were always chaotic and confusing. Here's the gist: On the one side, you had earnest, sincere people warning the country about the dangers . . .


K-12: the real problem is the Education Establishment
Bruce Deitrick Price
February 22, 2017

The only thing most Americans agree on is that the public schools are mediocre. As to why this happened and what we should do next, there is a total bedlam of . . .


K-12: Grifter's paradise
Bruce Deitrick Price
January 26, 2017

K-12 education is a dangerous part of town. Swindlers and carnies rule the streets. You'll see rigged roulette, craps played with loaded dice, and three-card . . .


Why our journalists are so awful
Bruce Deitrick Price
December 8, 2016

Many people, especially liberals, were surprised that Trump won the election. The surprising thing for me was that so many people were so surprised. What, do . . .


Everyone should "oppose" public education
Bruce Deitrick Price
November 14, 2016

It's a long-running motif in American intellectual history. Critics of public schools are said to be misinformed, vicious people who want only to destroy . . .


An unfurnished mind is a terrible place to live
Bruce Deitrick Price
September 19, 2016

Thomas Jefferson made the gloomy prediction that we can be ignorant or free, not both. Given how ignorant the country has become, our prospects are sinking.  . . .


Public schools sabotaged by bogus reading instruction
Bruce Deitrick Price
September 2, 2016

The Reading Wars in the United States go back to roughly 1930. That's when the common-sense phonics approach was demonized and discarded. Every officially . . .


What to teach. How to teach...Two different issues
Bruce Deitrick Price
July 14, 2016

Most discussions about education blur two separate questions: What should be taught? And how should it be taught? Typically, our Education Establishment . . .


Public schools are a threat to national security
Bruce Deitrick Price
May 13, 2016

Judging by columns that appear occasionally in our newspapers, the Defense Department is not happy with the quality of students coming out of our K-12 system.  . . .


Why socialism is a bad deal
Bruce Deitrick Price
March 23, 2016

Thanks to Bernie and Hillary, Socialism is on everyone's mind. These politicians, like so many in our media and universities, claim it's a glorious idea.  . . .


Education reform isn't a pipe dream
Bruce Deitrick Price
March 9, 2016

Not long ago Forbes Magazine ran a column titled "Is education reform a pipe dream?" Long story short, the columnist steered the discussion into financial . . .


Reading IS Phonics
Bruce Deitrick Price
February 3, 2016

The last 80 years have seen one of the weirdest intellectual debates you can imagine. The Education Establishment constantly argues that phonics is wrong or . . .


Memo to World: save America to save yourself
Bruce Deitrick Price
October 17, 2015

Let's look back 30 or 40 years. The USSR (Communist Russia) was vast and powerful. The Kremlin had control over the Iron Curtain countries – East Germany, . . .


Official lies may be killing the country
Bruce Deitrick Price
September 10, 2015

First, a note about counterfeit money. It doesn't matter if the bill is 99% perfect. If a single word or squiggle is incorrect, the bill is counterfeit. It also . . .


Communism's goals, 1963 and now
Bruce Deitrick Price
August 24, 2015

This list of 45 Communist goals was introduced into the Congressional record in January 1963. The list provides a snapshot of Communist thinking in the . . .


What everyone needs to know about education
Bruce Deitrick Price
August 15, 2015

The most striking thing about our public schools is that they have been in perpetual decline for many decades. Why? The government has its own tests called . . .


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