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December 21, 2010

What I Learned in 2010

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.

December 16, 2010

Living in a Moment of Tension in School Reform

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.

December 07, 2010

We Need Public Schools and Democratic Governance

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.

December 02, 2010

Where Can Teachers Find Collegiality Today?

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?

November 30, 2010

Bill Gates Listens to the Wrong People

The eerie similarity between Secretary Duncan and Bill Gates makes me wonder who is running the Department of Education.

November 16, 2010

That Was the Week That Was

Mayoral control, which was enacted by the New York state legislature in 2002, brought stability, but at a price. The price was that executive decisions are made without any democratic process.

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."

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."

June 03, 2010

The Language of Reform

Dear Diane, Alice in Wonderland, I'm told, has now been released as a horror movie. Life imitates art: Nonsense that once amused me is also turning into a horror documentary. The prologue to Michael Lewis' amazing new bookThe Big Short is out of Lewis Carroll too; except it's based on fact....

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