We've just learned that Diane Ravitch will receive the 2011 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize from the American Academy of Political and Social Science. To quote from the Academy's website: the prize was created to "recognize social scientists and other leaders in the public arena who champion the use of informed judgment to advance the public good." Diane is being honored for her work in urban education, both as a researcher and a public official. Congratulations, Diane! Reminder: Bridging Differences returns Jan. 4, 2011....
December 2010 Archives
Bridging Differences takes a well-deserved break starting today. The blog will return on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Happy holidays to all, and see you in the new year!...
I was talking about the present dangerous effort to distort the purposes of education, to hand vast numbers of public schools over to private corporations, and to treat children as data points to satisfy misguided politicians, policy-makers, and economists.
There is simply no doubt that our Founding Fathers would have been shocked to discover that decadent Europe was more egalitarian—with greater mobility and shared sacrifice—than the United States.
The lesson of PISA is this: Neither of the world's highest-performing nations do what our "reformers" want to do. How long will it take before our political leaders begin to listen to educators?
We are, I do believe, in a fight over the most fundamental building blocks of democracy.
We must continue to have schools that are the center of their communities, where children are students, not products, and parents are citizens, not customers.
Where can teachers find such collegiality today? Where are the institutions or publications that are built around deep respect for the intelligence and inventiveness of teachers—and kids? Are they there, but I'm missing them?