posted on Sep, 8 2008 @ 04:27 AM
If you have children in your life this article is a must read - including the comments!
I’ve been looking for answers, answers to why children are the way they are today.
I wanted to blame the economy - not one parent being able to stay home to raise the children, both needing to work.
I wanted to blame divorce, broken homes the lack of (Grand) parental influence.
I wanted to blame drugs, the government, television, video games, everything and anything.
I even wanted to blame, and ended up, (in part), blaming Disney but that’s for another post.
But I never thought to blame Dick and Jane and Kindergarten.
Please give this article a read.
It has occurred to me that the cause of America's illiteracy crisis has been discovered. It is the reading curriculum in our schools.
Unfortunately, the damage to children appears to extend way beyond reading failure. One wonders if the hidden agenda in the readers has created our
victim culture, a generation of withdrawn and resentful children, alienated from themselves, their parents, society, books and ideas.
When reviewing the school readers, I had noticed an impoverished vocabulary, composed mostly of three and four letter words. I brought this up
with the teacher. She explained that the readers were integrated into a district policy that no more than five hundred new words be introduced to
students during any grade level. The idea was to protect children from the dizzying and confusing effects of an overabundance of words and ideas.
Now after reading this next quote, go to next post for questions... See how well you do without looking back...
Example textbook: Once upon a time there was a little green mouse who hopped after a tiger onto a yellow airplane. The plane turned into a big
red bird in flight, and the mouse turned into a blue pumpkin. The pumpkin fell to the ground and its seeds grew into pots and pans.
[edit on 8-9-2008 by silo13]