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November 02, 2010

Did We Bridge Our Differences?

Diane Ravitch writes: "Somehow our old disputes about whole language, bilingual education, and the new new math pale in comparison to the coordinated assault by powerful forces on the very foundations of public education."

October 28, 2010

Prescient Words on Testing and Schools

Deborah Meier writes: "But I'm amazed to read those prescient words of 1983 which were, I argued, that your book was a recipe for the wrong reforms: "more tests, more homework, longer school hours, mandated state requirements, stiffer standards for promotion, stricter discipline codes, merit pay, and sometimes, tuition tax credits."

October 26, 2010

Demonizing Public Education

The film "Waiting for 'Superman'" offers a one-sided and contemptuous view of public education, Diane Ravitch writes.

October 21, 2010

Why 'Convenient' Lies Won't Set Us Free

Wealth brings privileges. To pretend otherwise and insist that the "gaps" between the wealthy and the poor aren't important is not just a benign mistake; it's a dangerous one. When we allow the target to shift to "lazy" teachers and power-hungry unions, we should feel guilty, Mr. Guggenheim.

October 19, 2010

A Manifesto by the Powerful

The superintendents' manifesto does not come from the powerless. It was written by men and women who are in charge of major school systems and who certainly have far more power than parents, teachers, principals, or ordinary citizens.

October 07, 2010

Beyond Anger Lies Hope?

Building communities of mutual respect and trust isn't helped by the forces out there intent on sowing distrust.

October 05, 2010

The Problems With Value-Added Assessment *

Diane Ravitch is furious at the unfair and dangerous treatment she feels teachers and public education are receiving; value-added assessment, she says, is a misguided and damaging means of judging teacher performance.

September 30, 2010

The Truth Has Taken a Beating: Now What?

The scare tactics that followed A Nation at Risk have led to a false and damaging narrative about American schools and what needs to be done to improve them, Deborah Meier writes.

September 28, 2010

Merit Pay Fails Another Test

Merit pay for teachers doesn't work, but the Obama administration is pushing it anyway, Diane Ravitch writes.

September 21, 2010

Why Michelle Rhee and Adrian Fenty Lost

Diane Ravitch says last week's election results underscore voter unhappiness with the autocratic approach to school "reform."

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