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What's Wrong with School Reform: Interview with Diane Ravitch | History News Network - 0 views

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    Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education at New York University and non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, addressed teachers at the National Council for the Social Studies national conference on December 2, 2011.  She agreed to be interviewed for HNN the following week.

Jeff Bernstein

Diane Ravitch speech to the National Opportunity To Learn Summit - 0 views

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    My theme for today: Whose children have been left behind?
Jeff Bernstein

Do You Believe in Miracles? - Bridging Differences - Education Week - 0 views

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    One of the central claims of the corporate-reform movement is that poverty is not destiny and that a school staffed with great teachers can eliminate poverty. This is a very appealing sort of rhetoric because we all harbor the hope that every single person can overcome the obstacles of poverty to achieve success in school and in life.
Jeff Bernstein

Tests and gimmicks aren't solutions | jacksonville.com - 0 views

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    Diane Ravitch looks around the American school system and sees too many demoralized teachers.

    She sees too much testing that can never substitute for the qualities of good education.

    She sees simplistic solutions to the difficulties faced in the school system.

    And she sees an unwillingness to accept the difficulties of teaching children in a high-poverty neighborhood.
Jeff Bernstein

Joel Shatzky: Educating for Democracy: Diane Ravitch: Reforming the "Reformers" - 0 views

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    In the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, Diane Ravitch, who has been writing critically and incisively for the last five years about the inadequacies of the "School Reform" movement, wrote a review of a book by Steven Brill called Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools (New York Review of Books, (9/29/2011) www.nybooks.com. ) The review itself convincingly dissects Brill's book for what it is: an advocacy for charter schools, standardized testing and other measures of the so-called "reformers" who are, essentially, defenders of the economic status quo. Since there has been no measurable improvement in student scores, as determined by reliable tests like the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) over the last decade, one would hope that some sensible policies might be considered to replace those failed ones. And there seem to be a few glimmers of hope, although they are only glimmers.
Jeff Bernstein

"Poverty Is the Problem": Efforts to Cut Education Funding, Expand Standardized Testing... - 0 views

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    As millions of students prepare to go back to school, budget cuts are resulting in teacher layoffs and larger classes across the country. This comes as the drive towards more standardized testing increases despite a string of cheating scandals in New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and other cities. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also recently unveiled a controversial plan to use waivers to rewrite parts of the nation's signature federal education law, No Child Left Behind. We speak to New York City public school teacher Brian Jones and Diane Ravitch, the former Assistant Secretary of Education and counselor to Education Secretary Lamar Alexander under President George H. W. Bush, who has since this post dramatically changed her position on education policy. She is the author of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education."
Jeff Bernstein

Steve Brill's blinkered view of education | Felix Salmon - 1 views

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    If you don't have the time or inclination to read Steve Brill's book on education reform, then his bombastic op-ed on the subject is a pretty good alternative. And similarly, if you didn't read Diane Ravitch's 4,400-word review of "Waiting for Superman" in the NYRB, then her 1,000-word response to Brill captures the heart of her argument. Reading them side by side, the conclusion I come to is that Brill protests far too much.
Jeff Bernstein

Poverty and Failure of Education System Weigh on Black Students - 8/23/11 - Vineyard Ga... - 0 views

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    Since 1968, the black middle class in America has quadrupled, Henry Louis (Skip) Gates told a packed house at the Edgartown Whaling Church on Thursday evening.
    But that was the only positive news in an otherwise bleak survey of the state of black education by a panel of experts convened by Professor Gates and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.
Jeff Bernstein

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Obama should have walked over to the Whaling Church last... - 0 views

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    I wish I could have been there. I wish Pres. Obama and Michelle would have made it over to the 1787 Old Whaling Church in Martha's Vineyard last night as well. The Post's coverage makes last night's  panel sound simply like a well-deserved verbal spanking of  test-and-punish Michelle Rhee by Diane Ravitch. Rhee's singular focus on bad teachers always pales in comparison to Ravitch's broader social critique.
Jeff Bernstein

Rhee and Ravitch, leading schools figures, square off in Martha's Vineyard - The Washin... - 1 views

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    It wasn't quite the Smackdown in Edgartown, but two leading figures in the national education debate politely collided here Thursday over the causes of failing schools and the best ways to rescue them.
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