Bruce Deitrick Price has been one of my favorite writers on the subject of education for several years — here are a few reasons why. Price’s topic in the post excerpted below is explained in its headline “Dyslexia Is a Myth.” I’ve just pulled out a couple of the summarizing paragraphs from the piece:
Samuel Blumenfeld (1927-2015) is one of the few really great educators that this country has had. He wrote twelve books and hundreds of articles explaining the country’s educational decline. He was an expert on reading and phonics.
If Blumenfeld had a flaw, it was that he generally published articles that were longer than most people wanted to deal with. So his great wisdom did not reach the influence it deserved.
For one very good example, he wrote a terrifying 3,200-word article telling this country just about everything there is to know about dyslexia. The sardonic title was “Creating Dyslexia: It’s as Easy as Pie.”
Every parent, every teacher, and everyone connected with education should know what Blumenfeld has to say.
All of this explains why toward the end of his life, Blumenfeld summed up our national predicament this way: “K-12 education is a criminal enterprise from top to bottom.”
Isn’t it disgusting to find that our Education Establishment relied on the “research” of psycho-sadists Pavlov and Luria? In order to serve their Motherland, these guys would torment humans and animals until they cracked.
Throughout our culture, dyslexia is typically treated as a genetic defect that a child brings to the school. If the child has this defect more or less from birth, it certainly can’t be the school’s fault if he doesn’t learn to read. How convenient!
The same malfeasant Education Establishment that promotes sight-word memorization then promotes dyslexia as an all-purpose excuse for widespread illiteracy. This is really diabolical. Raise people in a dark cellar, and then complain when their vision is bad.
Read more: American Thinker