In Memoriam: Sam Blumenfeld

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A great champion of literacy and homeschooling has died.

Sam Blumenfeld (1927-June 1, 2015) worked tirelessly for decades to expose the fraud of public education and to pioneer home education. He labored to restore the practice of learning how to read by first learning phonics and the alphabet–a method vastly superior to the “word recognition” bushwa taught in many public schools.

I never had the privilege of meeting Sam, but I did help edit one of his books, Revolution via Education.

Sam wrote many books on the history of education and on reading, including The Victims of Dick and Jane, Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers, The Alpha-Phonics Readers,and How to Tutor, just to name a few.

All of his books are available from The Chalcedon Foundation. While I’m at it, I must also recommend R.J. Rushdoony’s The Messianic Character of American Education–in which the creators and developers of public education reveal and condemn themselves in their own published words.
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