Public schools tend to dismiss facts and knowledge. Politically correct opinions are emphasized. Students reach college not knowing what 7×8 is, where Japan is on a map, or who Thomas Jefferson is.
Everywhere you go in education today, you’ll find eager experts confidently chattering about so-called “high-frequency words,” and how many of these MUST be memorized as a sight-word because...
Start early. Teach a lot. Their brains are like sponges--everyone says so. Schools are supposed to teach stuff--facts, basics, mastery, knowledge. That's the agenda we need to return to.
Early literacy is critical. Kids learn the alphabet, the sounds, then the blends. Soon they're reading. This is called phonics; and it's the only way to go.
The Reading Wars explained. Understand why phonics is essential and Whole Word is a hoax. To save the public schools, we first have to save reading. That requires getting rid of Sight Words.
One of the most popular gimmicks in public schools. Teachers can't teach. Kids must invent their own new knowledge. This might take a long time. Students end up knowing less. Also known as discovery method.