Public School Leaders: We’ve Created A National Reading Crisis

"Research has documented what works to get kids to read, yet those evidence-based reading practices appear to be missing from most classrooms," write three public school administrators in a recent issue of Education Week, a prominent industry publication. "Systemic failures have left educators overwhelmingly unaware of the research on how kids learn to read," they … Continue reading Public School Leaders: We’ve Created A National Reading Crisis

Hirsch: Why Parents Think American Schools Are Poor, But Their Child’s Is An Exception

As this blog has mentioned, the current Redeemer Classical school board members' group read is Dr. E.D. Hirsch's "The Schools We Need -- And Why We Don't Have Them." Hirsch's several bestsellers prompted greater attention to effective education among a variety of typically non-mainstream schools. He explains why the education "establishment" has been actively hostile … Continue reading Hirsch: Why Parents Think American Schools Are Poor, But Their Child’s Is An Exception

‘Our K-12 Education Is Among The Least Effective In The Developed World’

E.D. Hirsch is a renowned researcher from the University of Virginia who wrote the bestselling¬†Cultural Literacy in 1987. It l launched a foundation and myriad curricular reform efforts that proved effective but have not been widely adopted due to ideological resistance and inertia. Hirsch describes himself as a political progressive committed to social equality whose … Continue reading ‘Our K-12 Education Is Among The Least Effective In The Developed World’

You Can’t Treat School Like A Cafeteria

A literacy researcher writes about the common educational fallacy of providing students "personalized learning" that "follows their interests," explaining how the lack of a coherent, carefully structured curriculum that builds upon itself year after year mentally handicaps children. The fundamental point is one that few in education seem ready to address:¬†Great lessons may not add … Continue reading You Can’t Treat School Like A Cafeteria