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Diane Ravitch

Watch: Public Schools for Sale?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors are entering what they consider to be an "emerging market."

Florida Vouchers: This Is Choice?

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Legislators always hype "parent choice" as their mantra whenever they support bills that privatize public education.

A Powerful Vision for NEA Teach Plus Fellows

Teach Plus | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Rob Powers We've all heard the old adage: sometimes the simplest explanation is the correct one. In other words, we can create a complicated hyp...

NEA Teachers Stand Proudly with Teach Plus

Teach Plus | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Emilie Hill I am proud to be one of the 53 NEA members working with Teach Plus as a "Future of the Teaching Profession" Fellow. Teach Plus regu...

Kress Now Lobbying for Pre-K... Testing

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Using tablet computers to measure a 4-year-old's social and emotional development -- and then applying those scientifically untested results to a teacher's job security -- is an invitation to corrupt the entire public school experience.

The Making of an Excellent School: Not So Easy, Not So Fast

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

I did not understand how something as benignly written as the Common Core State Standards could be hi-jacked by political and corporate powers to create schools that are now submersed in mind-numbing test prep and fear in the name of "accountability."

Why Educational Reform Fails

Jack Rothman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
Jack Rothman

Fine teaching does little good when children are hungry, sick, scared, lacking preparation, or worn down by atrocious life circumstances. Giving disadvantaged kids iPads, attempting to boost their self-esteem, or letting their parents choose a charter school doesn't overcome the cumulative detriments dished out from living at the poverty level.

An Irresistible Invitation From Diane Ravitch

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.21.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

I was surprised and delighted by a recent shout-out about one of my Huff Post entries by Diane Ravitch, a brilliant and tireless crusader to save public education in the face of the Common Core State Standards. Diane claims in her post that she and I disagree about the CCSS.

(Un)Common Sense on the Common Core

Dan Montgomery | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Dan Montgomery

Some on the political right see the CCSS as federal intrusion. Some on the political left may see these new standards as infringements on teacher autonomy. But many are just fed up by the botched implementation and lack of resources.

Equity, Testing Madness, and the Ongoing School Wars

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Bruce Lesley

Under the banner of "school reform," testing advocates and their lobbyists changed the frame and purposely undermined the quest for better equity.

Diane Ravitch's Realistic Assessment of 2013 NAEP Results and Reform 'Success'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In his smug review of education historian Diane Ravitch's November 8, 2013, questioning of the inconsistencies in 2013 National Assessment of Educatio...

Ravitch Unraveling: A Gold Standard Abandoned

Eric Lerum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Eric Lerum

Self-contradiction isn't uncommon for Ravitch; her switching up on NCLB, school choice, and accountability and higher standards are all well documented. Her new views on NAEP illustrate yet again that what's she's most consistent on is advancing her own narrative.

Education: It Takes a Community

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

If we want to strengthen schools serving those most in need, we must strengthen the communities in which they are located. Yet, the trend across the country has been to close "poor performing" schools thus attenuating the community-school connection.

Corruption and the Common Core: Follow the Money

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

For a little more than a year, I served on the board of a charter school for minority students. I was amazed at how well-funded it was and how many people were feeding at money trough from educational consultants, to building contractors to internet equipment suppliers.

Caveat Emptor--Charter School Poster Kids and Private/Public Education

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Michele Somerville

If charter schools really do so well with educating children with special needs, does it not make sense for many more children with autism and other developmental disabilities to attend these schools? Why aren't the charter schools clamoring for more?

Lipstick on the Pig of Education Reform

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Steve Nelson

Politicians repeat deceptive talking points about broken schools while ignoring the elephant of poverty and racism in the room. So-called educational reform has been an failure and even Estee Lauder herself couldn't make this a pretty picture.

The Fly in the Common Core Ointment

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

The new tests, based on the CCSS, have produced dismal failure. So what! Let's use the CCSS as license to teach the best way we know how. Give the tests with minimal test prep, use the data internally along with other measures of school effectiveness, and let the chips fall where they may.

Darwin's Musical Evolution

Matt Farmer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

For many years, Darwin Elementary School had no music program. Despite the district's budget cuts and heavy focus on standardized test scores, Principal Segovia decided his kids needed music.

Diane Ravitch and the Corporate Reign of Error

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 11.19.2013 | Books
Arthur Goldstein

I've been teaching for almost thirty years, and I don't know precisely when my colleagues and I became public enemy number one. But after reading Reign of Error by Diane Ravitch I'm getting a pretty good handle on why.

Diane Ravitch's Reign of Error: A Review

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.17.2013 | Books
Mercedes Schneider

In considering my review of education historian Diane Ravitch's latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools, I decided to write with traditional public school teachers in mind as my audience.

Ravitch to the Rescue

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Tampio

How did parents lose the right to educate our own children or, at least, have a meaningful role to play in our school districts? How can we reclaim this right? Enter Diane Ravitch, America's foremost historian and theorist of education policy.

The Folly of a Preemptive & Deceptive Attack on Diane Ravitch's New Book

Kevin Welner | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Kevin Welner

Although (like Cunningham) I have not seen an advance copy of Ravitch's new book, I did read a review that says the second half of the book offers an alternative agenda, and my hunch is that it does go beyond a direct focus on poverty.

Ravitch Redux

Peter Cunningham | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York
Peter Cunningham

Change is hard. Raising standards is hard. Evaluating ourselves and our schools is hard. Facing the truth about the quality of education we provide is hard. But denying and distorting the truth only makes it worse for children.

The Common Core Nightmare That Awaits Us

Randy Turner | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Randy Turner

If students are going to be tested three times a year, then gullible school districts will be shelling out hundreds of thousands for test preparation materials, and before you know it, there will be no time to do anything but teach to the test.

'Life Is Not a Bubble Test'

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Education should not be a partisan issue, and opposition to high-stakes testing has certainly become bi-partisan. But a partisan solution might be the only way to get there.