“God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”…”
As you know, I love reading, writing, and learning, and above all, I love sharing my ideas about education with the world. This is why, I blog. My question to you is this: If God wants us to be saved and come to that knowledge and truth, then getting a good foundation in grammar is at the heart of what God wants for us.
I have a lot of useful knowledge to share about our education and reading Education Week has given me insight into education reform; and kept me abreast of progressive ideas. At the heart of staggering literacy rates, is the fact that we don’t teach grammar–the parts of the speech isn’t being taught. This is key for children to learn how to decode what they read. And it makes me so mad when our politicians discredit Betsy Devos. I was reading a commentary on Education Week the other day, and the title caught my attention: Education Reform has Ended. (Something like that) by Van Schoales. This opinion is flawed.
First, reform doesn’t start at the top. Real reform starts with teachers and parents and community leaders from the bottom up. Since the beginning of the turn of the century, we have had many positive reforms in education but we have also had an equal amount of negatives that continue to plague our kids education development.
One of those is the fact that our kids aren’t prepared for the real world. And it should make us question what kind of education our kids are receiving. It is also a fact that in Denver only 32% of the kids are proficient readers. And out of the those 25% of Hispanics in Denver are proficient readers. What that means is that over half of the kids in Denver aren’t literate in reading.
In America, the progressive movement has been a pervasive movement often making changes to well established methods of learning that have traditionally worked since the middle ages. It is this movement that continues to make America less than great. This movement IS responsible for many things-both good and bad but more bad than good-like, eliminating our liberal tradition to unjustified extremes. Liberal progressive movement is the reason we are leaving kids behind. (I’ll be darn if I’m wrong and if I am, would you please hit reply and correct me?)
In the early years, the goal was to offer alternatives to training in the liberal arts so as to benefit those who were not college bound. Today, we are training kids on practical subjects and less on formal modes of instruction. I believe this is the key to our declining literacy rates.
Moving forward, we should not dwell on not having federal government support in education. BUT, what we need now is for educators to put balance back into education i.e. the goal of education should be “to make good judgments, both formal and Informal, determinate reflective.” David Mulroy, War Against Grammar.
Success will only be achieved when we can blend traditional methods of education with the progressive methods of education that began at the turn of the twentieth century.
1985 was the year that our curriculum officially changed from teaching grammar to teaching literature. What I mean is that instead of having kids memorize rules, definitions and facts, they are being taught grammar informally through writing. Kids see lots of red marks in their writing but they don’t understand the parts of the speech to be able to decode what they read. Kids need to be taught to read and they especially need to be taught grammar if we are to see a more literate populous upon graduation.
What I suggest, now that we have ended federal support, which I agree, is that we need to work with teachers and students and parents and leaders-to make better changes that don’t leave students, especially economically challenged students, behind.
In brief, when you host a book party with me, I will share some ideas and some ways that YOU the parent, can help your kids at home along with sharing some of our books and allowing you, if you want and need, to shop for books. We do have the very best children’s books. Our authors and illustrators are unparalleled in the quality of their writing. And kids really do want to read our books.
Here is the link for further reading my thoughts on what the commentary said, click here: Education Reform.
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