"New American Curriculum" is intended to spark debate and to inspire your own reform ideas. Please print this out and use it to start discussions.
"New American Curriculum" was crafted to meet several goals: to be very short but comprehensive; to indicate which methods are failures and must be rejected and just as quickly spell out what needs to be added; finally, to enable ordinary citizens to reclaim their schools and make them become what we all know they should have been all along.
1). REAL READING. No more Whole Word, Sight Words, Dolch Words. No more identifying words by their shapes. No more guessing, picture clues, and functional illiteracy. Simply pick a good phonics program, mix it up with singing and poetry. Teach all students to read by the age of seven. (Google “42: Reading Resources” for a list of programs.)
2) REAL ARITHMETIC. No more New Math or Reform Math. No more so-called Standards Math because the standards are wrong-headed. No more spiraling, fuzzy, guessing, or mixing advanced topics in with elementary arithmetic. No more Constructivism. Pick Singapore Math, Saxon Math or any other highly popular program and make sure children master arithmetic one step at a time.
3) REAL FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE IN ALL SUBJECTS. No more demonizing memory. No more scorning facts. Students needs basic information; and the brain is designed to want it. No more so-called critical thinking about things nobody knows anything about. Instead, students actually learn basic facts, the easy ones first, and then you build from there. Why? Because facts are fun; and knowledge is power.
4) REAL HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, GOVERNMENT. No more Social Studies. No more propaganda, indoctrination, and political correctness. No more multiculturalism for its own sake. History is taught by people who majored in History. You learn names, dates, places and events. You understand why things happened the way they did. Everybody loves a good story. History is a million good stories.
5) REAL EDUCATION. No more playing games. What do you think is going on at good private schools, and the best colleges? Education is not about what kids feel. It’s about what they know. There’s no fuzzy, no guessing, no bull. Imagine, for example, you take a course in French; you actually learn French--speak it, read it, write it. That’s the paradigm. At the end of each day you know more than at the start. Sure, games, jokes, laughter, field trips, movies, sitting in the grass staring at the sky. There are no rules except that kids must be learning, continuously learning.
STARTING POINT: people now in charge of public schools--the Education Establishment--are focused on social engineering and have thus made a hash of public education. They say to the students, “It’s about you.” No, it’s about them. Their politics. Their plans for our future. These faux-educators should stand aside. To work in the public schools, people should possess knowledge, love knowledge, and want to communicate knowledge to the next generation.
END POINT: better schools at less cost.