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Dianne Ravitch On Daily Show: Testing And Choice Undermining Education (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/30/00 12:00 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

Last night on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart interviewed author, historian, and professor Dianne Ravitch on her new book "The Death and Life of the Great American School System."

Ravitch argued that testing and choice are undermining America's education system. She said that ever since the No Child Left Behind Act, "schools have been turned into testing factories."

She also discussed how being a teacher has turned into a thankless job, and that teachers have become entirely demoralized. She stated that "the whole public monologue for the last couple of years has been 'Blame the teachers for everything.'" Stewart agreed, noting that his mother worked in education for years.

Ravitch suggested that the U.S. adopt a model similar to Finland's. They are the number one in the International Test. Teachers never give standardized tests to their students, but rather conduct privatized tests in order to determine weaker students.

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