Samuel L. Blumenfeld is the author of nine books on education:
How to Start Your Own Private School (1972), The New Illiterates (1973), How to Tutor (1973), Is Public Education Necessary? (1981), Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers (1983), NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education (1984), The Whole Language/OBE Fraud (1996), Homeschooling: A Parents Guide to Teaching Children (1997), and The Victims of Dick & Jane and Other Essays (2003). His writings have earned him a reputation for accurate reporting, objective scholarship, and refreshing candor in a subject area often befogged by professionalese.
Born and educated in New York City, Mr. Blumenfeld graduated from the City College of New York in 1950, studied in France for two years, then worked for 10 years as an editor in the New York book publishing industry. In 1970, he began writing full time. His book, Is Public Education Necessary?, has been described by one reviewer as one of the most important books about education ever written.
Of NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education, former U.S. Senator Steve Symms of Idaho said: “Every so often a book is written that can change the thinking of a nation. This book is one of them.” In The New Illiterates, Blumenfeld identified the whole-word method of teaching reading as the cause of school-induced dyslexia and reading disability. He wrote Alpha-Phonics to provide parents with an easy way of teaching their own children to read at home, thus avoiding school-caused reading disability.
Mr. Blumenfeld’s writings have appeared in such diverse publications as Reason, American Opinion, The New American, Review of the News, Inquiry, The Chalcedon Report, Insight, Education Digest, Vital Speeches, American Education, American Legion Magazine, The Teaching Home, Practical Homeschooling, Home School Digest, The Whistleblower, and others. He is a regular contributor to WorldNetDaily, an Internet journal. He has taught in both public and private schools, including one for children with learning and behavioral problems.
Mr. Blumenfeld has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; and he has been a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows.
In 1986, Dr. Blumenfeld was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Bob Jones University. He also served in the U.S. Army in World War II and took part in combat during the last weeks of the Italian campaign.