The 32nd senate district includes Reston plus precincts in Arlington, McLean, Falls Church, Herndon, Vienna, Chantilly, Fairfax, and Oakton.
Dewey replaced phonics with "whole word" reading instruction, condemned drill, and crowded out history with Social Studies.
Affluent children, mainly white and Asian, learn phonics and basic math at home. Many low-income children, mainly Hispanic and African-American, have barriers learning them at home, so they enter 4th grade not having mastered reading and arithmetic. Without those skills, their academic and economic future is ruined, and they are trapped in poverty.
"Progressive education" has convinced most people that low-income children cannot learn. That is false. They could learn if they were taught reading with phonics and taught arithmetic with drill.
Dewey also wanted the Bible removed from public schools, which the Supreme Court did in the 1960s. "Progressive education's" legacy is decades of discipline problems, low achievement, racial inequality, and costly schools.
If you live in the 32nd senate district, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, please vote for Arthur Purves to have a voice in the Virginia senate for high achievement and better discipline for all students in Virginia public schools!For 28 years my opponent has failed to "...ensure...an educational program of high quality..." as mandated by Article VIII, Section 1, of the Constitution of Virginia.