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Forum Post: Education Reform: Interview With an Apostate

Posted 6 months ago on Oct. 7, 2013, 3:14 p.m. EST by shooz (26665)
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In 1991, Diane Ravitch was appointed an assistant secretary of Education by President George H.W. Bush, becoming a leader in the education-reform movement for the next decade, when she championed the No Child Left Behind Act that was signed into law by George W. Bush in 2002. But when NCLB failed to produce the results she had hoped for and assessment tests began dominating policy, Ravitch made a 180-degree turn, and she has spent the last half-decade fighting an apostate’s battle. She has become one of the most vocal supporters of public education, thanks to her many books on education history and her influential blog, where she crusades against the rise of charter schools, vouchers, privatization in education, and standardized testing. Her latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools, argues that the American school system is not broken, and that the reform movement will destroy our schools. She also outlines a plan for improvement, including prenatal care for mothers, early education that stresses creativity, balanced curriculums, and more resources for schools. We spoke to the leading opponent of reform about the role of charter schools, which cities are doing things right, and her Twitter proficiency.


Now if only someone would listen.



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[-] 1 points by shooz (26665) 6 months ago

So no one want's to hear a little truth about the state education?


[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (21779) 6 months ago

Diane Ravitch. I have a hard time liking her. She was such a major proponent for charter schools that her turn around is almost one of those a little too late deals.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26665) 6 months ago

Better late than never, thus the apostate description..

What remains to seen, is if can she begin to reverse the damage done.

At least she recognizes that she played a roll in that damage.

If only we could get more of that from other political appointees.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21779) 6 months ago

Well, that's the thing. She turned around quite some time ago. She helped create this monster and, now, she can't stop the sucker.

Edited for the following. In part this is not her fault.
She can blog all she wants to but she is living in the age where blogs are a dime a dozen.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26665) 6 months ago

She should be tutoring Michigan's "skunk works".

Stopping one of the latest attacks on unions via the school system, would prove her mettle.

Or Chicago, or Philly for that matter.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21779) 6 months ago

Yeah. Exactly. She should be in the streets.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26665) 6 months ago

Or at least actively providing the ammunition to stop the spread of school profitization, where it is most vulnerable, in those areas where it is getting started in earnest..........Started by legislation she formerly promoted.