Sam Blumenfeld

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

Who Are the World's Smartest Kids? Not Americans

According to the PISA (Program for international Student Assessment) 2012 test, the smartest kids in the world are Asians: students in Shanghai-China, South Korea, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

Intensive Phonics: The Magic Bullet

In order to reverse the severe decline in literacy in this country, the best way to teach children to read is with intensive phonics, expanding the use of language and logic.

Class Dismissed, a new full-length documentary film about homeschooling, was screened in the Boston area on December 1, having already been seen by sold-out audiences in November on the West Coast (L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland). It explores the rapidly growing homeschool movement — its challenges and great successes.

The sight-reading method of teaching reading, which was instituted in the 1930s in American public schools to replace phonics, actually causes dyslexia.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:40

Education and the American Dream

A recent study places the United States fifth among nations that have people with college degrees; we rank 12th in K-12 educational achievement, while once-impoverished South Korea now ranks first.

Monday, 17 November 2014 10:26

New York City's Educational Woes

According to tests, less than half of New York public school students are college ready in the way of English, and less than 18 percent are college ready in mathematics.

Monday, 10 November 2014 14:40

Fifty Years of Title 1: Has It Worked?

Title 1, which is a federal program meant to help poor and minority children succeed in school, has been in place for 50 years, but it still hasn't helped those children.

Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Americanism: The Creed of a Free People

Americanism is the Bible-based creed of a free people, the philosophy of the Founding Fathers as stated in the Declaration and the Constitution.

David P. Barash, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Washington, makes it a point at the beginning of each academic year to tell his students that science and religion are totally incompatible. Is he right?

William Deresiewicz, who taught at Yale for 10 years, recommends that students not go to Yale or other Ivy League schools, or even strive to go there.

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