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Alphachirpy  says:  it looks like we are seeing the end of having well-achieving students picked to offer valedictorian speeches at  high school graduations. (Summarized from a June 15, 2017 Associated Press story.)

Here is why:   “At many American high schools, the graduation-day tradition of crowning a valedictorian is becoming a thing of the past.

“The ranking of students from No. 1 on down, based on grade-point averages, has been fading steadily for about the past decade.  In its place are honors that recognize everyone who scores at a certain threshold – using Latin honors ,* for example.  This year, one school in Tennessee had 48 valedictorians.”

What do you think about this trend:  GOOD or BAD?

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Some think “T” ball baseball might be an example of leveling the playing field a bit too much.

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In the AP story various educators interviewed were asked their opinion about the new  idea of using many valedictorians at graduation exercises: Lancaster High School, Buffalo, NY, principal Cesar Marchioli “….said he was neutral on the issue, though he feels [Bad] for the 11th-ranked student who falls just short of the recognition awarded to the top 10 students honored at the annual banquet.”

Graduating senior Connor Carrow, 17, has pressed for the switch to Latin honors. “He said it’s a better fit with the school’s collaborative and cooperative ideals. You’re striving for that (honor) personally, but you’re not hoping that you’re better than these other 400 people next to you.”

“collaborative and cooperative ideals”??  “…not hoping to be better than….”  Do you think these are good or bad?

“Elsewhere, commenters have peppered news websites with disparaging comparisons to giving ‘participation trophies’ to avoid hurt feelings, while supporters point out the often statistically insignificant differences that separate students.”

COMMENT: In recent years the driving trend is to eliminate any comparative levels of excellence in almost every endeavour. In Little League baseball we now see not keeping score to eliminates winners or losers. Some schools (Both high school level and college) are eliminating “grades.” Everybody passes, and so on. Why wouldn’t you want to strive to be better than the other 400 people next to you?

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MagnaCum Laude……with highest honors

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We recently stumbled across a mailing in our files from an Oregon Teacher dated March 14, 1996.

She sent samples of classroom work by her 

 KINDERGARTEN students who were taught cursive handwriting BEFORE PRINTING

(Cursive vs. “Ball and stick”) (You will see samples of their work later)

This of course raises the old question whether to teach printing or cursive writing first.

The question, or debate, comes up from time to time but the direction has been for a long time unquestionably not to teach cursive first, or even teach cursive at all.

Samuel L. Blumenfeld, author of such books as Alpha-Phonics A Primer for Beginning Readers, How To Tutor, and many other books on teaching the “Three R’s,” has for decades argued that cursive should definitely be taught to all children and preferably taught to them before being taught printing.

This may come as a surprise to many, especially anyone younger than, say, 40 or so.  Many would also be surprised that print (ball and stick) was NOT taught in public schools* until about the 1940’s.

Until the 1940’s the only classes which used print were Mechanical Drawing (For building plans, etc.) or Art classes (For poster work). Once an elderly lady in front of me in line in a bank was asked to print her name for a certain document.  She told the Teller she had never been taught to print. (I could see over her shoulder she had a beautiful cursive signature)  As the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s rolled by various arguments arose for both teaching print first and also for not teaching cursive at all. The electric typewriter seems to have sped the process  “We do not need to learn cursive since everything will be typed on a machine.” More recently the computer put that process into high gear.  Then came the personal devices such as smart phones.  We all know what happened from then on.

 Some parents are surprised to learn that cursive handwriting is rarely taught in public schools anymore.

As the saying goes “what goes around comes around.”  In the past couple of years we have seen some articles surface indicating that cursive hand writing may actually be (As it always truly was) a very good thing to be taught.

Why might learning cursive handwriting be beneficial?

We will investigate some of the reasons in our next post.

 Samuel L. Blumenfeld’s 1974 classic book, How To Tutor, covers reading, writing and arithmetic.  For those interested in teaching children to be good cursive hand writers, there is an entire section in it which completely covers cursive handwriting.  Also available is the cursive handwriting practice workbook, created by Sam’s colleague Barbara Simkus, which is directly correlated to the How To Tutor instruction book.

We would love to hear your opinion (below) which to teach first: Cursive or Print

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Words Do Not Have Fixed Meanings

Words do not have fixed meanings:

We have been explaining the thesis that the work of the little known mid-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein has had seismic effect on Western Civilization, as well as significant affect on the rest of the world.




Here you can read what we wrote in PART ONE

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A few years ago (1991) a big book (12″ X 15,”  445 pgs) came to our attention extolling the glories of “Whole Language.”  W/L was the rage about then.  Ed Professors had convinced themselves children would learn to read if you simply put a book in front of them.

What does that have to do with Wittgenstein?  Proponents of W/L believed correctness in meanings and spelling is not important to learn.  (Remember: Words do not have fixed meanings?)  So you learn to read any way you can.  And, if you really do not learn to read, it is not important.  Just trying is ok. (Remember Pee Wee baseball where no scores are kept; just playing is all that is important)  Words are simply play-dough, aren’t they?

Another example is in basic arithmetic.  Around the same time the latest “new” math trend  was that correctness was not the ultimate coal. Coming close was ok.  Just trying was satisfactory.

Other results are that grades are demeaning; class attendance is not even necessary  in college.  Some colleges are now even allowing students to grade themselves, or, better yet, have eliminated grades altogether.

We submit this all results from Wittgensteinian thinking.  One disciple, Professor, Meguido Zola of Simon Fraser University in Canada, paraphrasing Wittgenstein, wrote in 1989:

     “Words are a ladder, that must be abandoned once we have used [the ladder] in order to   ascend  to the metaphysical heights. Labels will serve their purpose for a while, but none is absolute.”

Our dear readers will immediately conclude this is utter nonsense, but the truth is that academia buys it hook line and sinker. From academia it seeps into every phase of life in western civilization.

We will go into more depth in future posts.  For now ask yourself: Why does the world seem crazy.  Nothing is sacred anymore.  Nobody needs to “go by the rules.” Nothing is absolute anymore. Review things in your own life like why does one person see something as black another see the same topic as white? (This is not about ethnicity)  Why are people more rude in the world than the used to seem? Why is it that doing almost anything seems to be ok?  Think about it.  More later.

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FREE! You get 31 years of experience teaching phonics reading

Alphachirpy says:          3 pages of “TIPS”                                                                         

“Found only in the ORIGINAL ALPHA-PHONICS”

You get a special supplement to Alpha-Phonics in each copy that  gives you the benefit of 31 years of experience we have had in answering thousands of emails and phone calls from users. We call these pages our “TIPS” for obtaining even better results with Alpha-Phonics.

We have condensed the most important and most often heard questions we have had from potential and actual users of Alpha-Phonics into our list of “TIPS.”

Alpha-PhonicsThis means you get the benefit of the issues Moms (And some Dads, too) have asked us about over more than three decades of experience with Alpha-Phonics.  We have listed everything from:

“How do I get my daughter to blend the individual phonics sounds together,”


“What do I do after I finish teaching my Son everything in Alpha-Phonics?”

Of course Alphachirpy did not talk to all of these parents. The author and the publishers really spoke or emailed with most of them.  But Alphachirpy wants you to know about this feature in the 2017 Alpha-Phonics found nowhere else.  One parent told us the TIPs alone appeared to be worth the price of the program.

We hope you will keep this in mind as you decide on what phonics reading instruction program you choose to use.

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Alphachirpy asks: Hey, Remember Common Core?

 Common Core update from:


Hey, Remember Common Core?
By Jim Geraghty — August 2, 2017


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Here are the 16 KEY spelling rules*

They are simple and easy to learn…

  1. When a word or  syllable has one vowel it usually has a short sound
  2. When S is surrounded by vowels it usually says Z: nose, rose, as
  3. The letter C before E, I and Y sometimes sounds like S [cell, cent, civil]
  4. The letter G before E, I and Y sometimes sounds like J [gem, gist, gym]
  5. Words ending in s, x, z and ch form the plural by adding es
  6. When a word ends in a  consonant, we double the consonant and add  (ing), (er) and (ed)
  7. If an A is followed by D, W, R, LL or LT in the same syllable, it often has the (aw) sound
  8. If there are two vowels in a word or syllable, the first vowel is long and the second vowel is silent
  9. The letter I comes before E except after C or when sounded like A as in neighbor or weigh
  10. If there is only one vowel in a word or syllable and the vowel comes at the end, the vowel  usually has a long sound
  11. If Y comes at the end of a two or more syllable word, Y has the sound of long E if the syllable is not accented: puppy, wavy, soapy
  12. If Y comes at the end of a two or more syllable word, Y has the sound of long I if the syllable is accented: reply, apply, terrify
  13. If words end with the suffix ing, er, or ed, the first vowel in the syllable is usually short if it comes before two consonants: getting, lifted, drummer
  14. If words end with the suffix ing, er or ed, the first vowel is usually long if it comes before a single consonant: zoning, skated, wiser
  15. At the end of a word X says (ks): ox, mix, lax
  16. At the beginning of a word X says

* Do not be intimidated .  These rules cover most of what you will need to teach.

 Sixteen rules are not very many.

The Alpha-Phonics and How To Tutor Phonics Companion Workbook (seen above) has these rules and lots of practice exercises to be used with the Alpha-Phonics reading instruction book and the reading section of How To Tutor

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Wash St Students no longer req’d to take biology test to graduate

Washington State high school students will no longer be required to take a biology test to graduate.  A law first applicable to the Class of 2017 was eliminated

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by Gov. Jay Inslee signing a new law dropping the requirement.

It seems about 3,300 members of the 2017 class failed the test.

“The New legislation is intended to give more flexibility in meeting graduation requirements”according to the Longview Daily News. (Emphasis added)

(As seen in The Idaho Statesman, July 10, 2017)

It appears if students can’t pass a test, you simply abandon it.

One and done!

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