Diane Ravitch kicked out of the Brookings Institute

From: Diane Ravitch http://dianeravitch.net/ On Monday, I posted a blog called “The Day I Was Terminated.” In that blog, I recounted that I received an email on June 5 from Grover (Russ) Whitehurst of Brookings telling me that I was being terminated–after a 19-year association with Brookings–because I was “inactive.” That’s a pretty abrupt way […]

RESOLUTION ON HIGH-STAKES TESTING

Please read and circulate!   http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/ This resolution is modeled on the resolution passed by more than 360 Texas school boards as of April 23, 2012. It was written by Advancement Project; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; MecklenburgACTS; Deborah Meier; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; […]

Poverty Matters!: A Christmas Miracle pt. 1

Something profound appears to have occurred—a cosmic shift in the education reform debate that reflects our larger social debates in the U.S. After Ladd and Fiske published a commentary in The New York Times, “Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?,” and Diane Ravitch blogged “Scrooge and School Reform,” several commentators quickly chimed in about […]

Every child left behind: New studies show that the disappearance of art, music and even recess is having a devastating effect on kids as we prepare them as widgets

From Larry Miller’s blog http://millermps.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/school-its-way-more-boring-than-when-you-were-there/ School: It’s way more boring than when you were there Filed under: Education Policy — millerlf @ 8:55 pm Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 By Daniel Denvir Salon.com Forty-nine million or so American children have returned to public school classrooms that are, according to many critics, ever more boring. Preparation for increasingly […]

Don’t Believe the Hype: Obama’s NCLB Waiver More of the Same

If you’re a casual observer of the education debate, today might seem monumental: George W. Bush’s controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which created a system of extensive high-stakes testing for students and schools nearly a decade ago, is finally being “revamped” by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, according to a […]

Strawman Argument Is All They Have

In the comments of Diane Ravitch’s recent EdWeek Bridging Differences, “Why I Am Marching on July 30,” one comment captures the bankrupt support for the new reformer movement coming from Secretary Duncan, Bill Gates, and Michelle Rhee. paulhoss@hotmail.com takes this swipe at those such as Ravitch challenging the new reformers: “What to say about SOS? […]

Meritocracy Myth v. the Advantages of Privilege (A Tale of Hubris)

In January 2010, I emailed Diane Ravitch after viewing a video of one of her talks preceding the release of her now often mentioned book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, that signaled some significant changes in her views on education and education reform. […]

Diane Ravitch Uncensored

Since the economic crash of 2008, one driven by rampant, unregulated greed and speculation frighteningly illustrated by the Academy Award winning documentary Inside Job, Wall Street has deftly side-stepped vilification, the superrich walking away with fortunes – and reputations – in tact.   And even more deftly, these same billionaires have successfully framed public servants – […]

Save our Schools schedules rally!

Grassroots “Save Our Schools” March on Washington & National Call to Action on July 28-31 This grassroots movement of teachers, parents, students, community activists, and “everyday working people” has been endorsed by educational voices like Diane Ravitch, Deborah Meier, Alfie Kohn, Joel Spring, Rethinking Schools’ editors, David Berliner, among many others. Diane Ravitch will be […]

Leonard J. Martin for State Superintendent of Public Instruction of California

There is an alternative to the corporate candidates in the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the upcoming California primary elections. Not just a candidate who isn’t entirely beholden to corporate interests, including the lucrative charter-voucher industry, but a candidate with a progressive platform. That candidate is Leonard J. Martin of Santa Clarita. […]