In the 1960s the government threw more money and legislation at the nation's reading problem, but the reading skills of students continued to plummet. The deliberate dumbing down of America has continued to this day.
Progressive educators such as John Dewey implemented their whole-word reading method into schools in the early 20th century. While this reading method was detrimental to the reading ability of millions of Americans, it was allowed to remain the primary method of reading instruction becasue the progressives controlled the teacher's colleges and the "official" publications on reading instruction.
The horrendous massacre at the Sandy Hook primary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and seven adults were brutally murdered, indicates that the evil force that turned two normal teenagers at Columbine into nihilist murderers is still very potent.
The simple truth is that we are living through the greatest coverup of educational malpractice by professional educators this nation has ever known. And we will not be able to correct the situation until enough Americans know about it to make a difference.
The way reading is taught in public schools has consequences affecting millions of young Americans. It creates social problems on such a huge scale, that the nation is hardly able to deal with them. Indeed, there was no such condition as functional illiteracy until American educators invented it. Patriotic, conservative Americans must organize a movement to teach the illiterates to read, and prevent the schools from creating more illiterates.
Cooperative learning is a good example of communism in the public school classroom. The student is not judged by his individual effort but as a member of a group. According to Wikipedia, progressive social theorists such as Allport, Watson, Shaw, and Mead began advancing the idea that students working in a group was a more effective form of education than students working individually. But in actuality, group learning did not improve the work of the low achiever.
Most Americans are under the impression that communism as an ideology was invented by Marx and Lenin and first practiced in the Soviet Union. The truth, however, is quite different.
The latest statistics report that 14 percent (32 million) of U.S. adults can’t read. Twenty-one percent (48 million) read below a 5th grade level. Sixty-three percent of prison inmates can’t read. And with compulsory schooling in America, all of these illiterates and semi-illiterates spent years in American schools learning to read. So obviously, something is wrong with the way reading is taught in American schools.
During the last election campaign there was much talk about the Latino Vote, the African-American Vote, the Asian vote, the Soccer-Mom Vote, the Jewish Vote, but no talk about the one vote that tipped the scales of this presidential campaign in favor of Obama: the Illiterate Vote.
If conservatives truly want to take the schools back, they will have to use a strategy that works from the bottom up. We must first start with the local school board, which still depends on the votes of local taxpayers. I have heard all kinds of discouraging stories of how conservatives managed to get elected to the school board, found out that they were impotent to change anything, and usually lost the next election because of negative publicity from the socialists on the board and the local newspaper, which generally sided with the town education establishment.