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Diane Ravitch

Cents and Sensibility ... Inside Florida Education

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

This unfunded law -- SB 736 -- does absolutely nothing to improve the quality of education. There are many victims of Florida's senseless, wasteful education laws.

My Thoughts From Education Nation

Lee Kolbert | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education
Lee Kolbert

How do we account for population, demographics, family support, poverty... oh yeah. We can fire the bad teachers and hire really good ones. A really good teacher can overcome all of those things.

Diane Ravitch and Geoffrey Canada Duke It Out at Education Nation

Rocco Staino | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education
Rocco Staino

Diane Ravitch, educational historian and professor of education at New York University, and Geoffrey Canada, founder and CEO of the Harlem Children's ...

Educating for Democracy: Diane Ravitch: Reforming the "Reformers"

Joel Shatzky | Posted 11.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The scapegoating, unreasonable demands and expectations of bureaucrats and politicians, and a media that has bought into the idea that the "reformers" are what they pretend to be, drive able and talented teaching veterans out of the profession.

School: It's Way More Boring Than When You Were There

Salon | Daniel Denvir | Posted 11.15.2011 | Education

New studies show that the disappearance of art, music and even recess is having a devastating effect on kids Forty-nine million or so American chil...

Two Town Halls, And a Peek Into the Future

John Merrow | Posted 10.30.2011 | Media
John Merrow

For the first time in my life, I am channeling Sarah Palin -- specifically, her complaints about what she calls 'the lamestream media.'

Educating for Democracy: Is "On-line Learning" Learning?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 10.30.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Can a computer, no matter how cleverly programmed, replace the educational value of a live teacher?

WATCH: Steven Brill To Diane Ravitch: Unions Must Be On Side Of Reform

C-SPAN | Posted 10.21.2011 | Education

The founder of The American Lawyer magazine and Court TV tells the story of a coalition of unlikely allies in the fight to change a school system that...

Squaring Off On Racial Achievement Gap

Posted 10.19.2011 | Black Voices

Michelle Rhee, the former schools chancellor of Washington, D.C., and Diane Ravitch, the education historian, are two of the most high-profile voices ...

Duncan: Keeping No Child Left Behind Is 'Height Of Arrogance Or Tone-Deafness'

Posted 10.09.2011 | Education

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a mass override Monday that would allow states to apply for regulatory relief from student testing requir...

Educating for Democracy: "Save Our Schools" Strategies

Joel Shatzky | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The "Save Our Schools March" that took place last Saturday might not have been large in terms of participants. But more important was the enthusiasm and determination conveyed by those who attended.

Matt Damon's Powerful Education Speech at the Save Our Schools Rally in DC

Dan Brown | Posted 09.30.2011 | Education
Dan Brown

On Saturday, thousands of educators and parents rallied at the grassroots Save Our Schools March on Washington, D.C. Education heavyweights all took the microphone, but it was Matt Damon whose closing speech brought down the house.

Jordan Howard

Grassroots Teachers Organization Calls For Reform | Jordan Howard | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama was swept into office amid calls for change in the country on issues ranging from the economy to education. Almos...

How Can President Obama, Diane Ravitch, and Paul Tough All Be Right on Education?

Bill Tucker | Posted 09.07.2011 | Education
Bill Tucker

If you factor in where students start, Bruce Randolph is doing an exceptional job. And, while Tough is right that students deserve better, Bruce Randolph appears to be part of the solution, not the problem.

David Brooks, Diane Ravitch and the Education Wars

John Merrow | Posted 09.05.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Our public schools are the equivalent of yesterday's pony express. Just as a faster pony express would not be sufficient to deliver the mail today, the "faster horses" that reformers represent are not in themselves adequate for our 50 million school-age children, nor will they ever be.

Who Is America's Most Influential Educator?

John Merrow | Posted 08.28.2011 | Education
John Merrow

A month or so ago, I speculated about the most influential person in American education, then put forth four nominees -- Wendy Kopp, Big Bird, Arne Duncan and Joel Klein.

In Defense Of Graduate Degrees For Teachers

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 08.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

How about a small dose of reality? Graduate degrees were not designed to improve test scores.

Bad Air Day

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 08.22.2011 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Every so often, I step back to see what staunch proponents of "corporate reform" are saying now. Maybe there's new evidence? Maybe I've missed some ...

Educating Beyond Poverty

Tim King | Posted 06.20.2011 | Education
Tim King

We credit our ability to keep significantly more students than other schools to our engaging and unique positive school culture.

The New Achievement Standard: Divine Intervention!

Peter Meyer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Peter Meyer

According to Diane Ravitch, writing in a recent New York Times op-ed essay, titled, of course, "Waiting for a School Miracle," high-powered education reformers are claiming "miracles" for their reform efforts.

Shortcuts, School Reform and Private Foundations

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Larry Ferlazzo

The root of the word "foundation" means "discovered." It would be nice if foundations learned that their job was to discover solutions instead of trying to invent and push their agenda on the rest of us.

Twilight for Education Policy's Idols

Conor Williams | Posted 07.27.2011 | Education
Conor Williams

It's hard to notice when we've let our admiration for our favorite education prophets push us to intellectual dishonesty, but hard things are usually the things most worth doing.

Joy Resmovits

NYC Teachers Counter 'Waiting For Superman' With Film Of Their Own | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.24.2011 | Education

What did "Waiting For 'Superman'" get wrong? A grassroots group of parents and teachers pokes big holes in last year's blockbuster documentary abo...

How Diane Ravitch Became My Intellectual Hero

John Thompson | Posted 07.04.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Before I started teaching, I thought Diane Ravitch was wrong. But I quickly learned she was right, and we can not build the bricks of conceptual understanding without the straw of knowledge.

Joy Resmovits

Does America's Education Secretary Respect Teachers? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.03.2011 | Education

It may be Teacher Appreciation Week, but if online comments and blog posts indicate anything, some public school teachers don't feel the love from the...