Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Diane Ravitch Still Making Waves in Education After Decades of Work

 Photo courtesy pf the National Archives and Records Administration

Diane Ravitch, a scholar and advocate of improving education in America, has been finding herself on the opposite side of big issues from some longtime allies.

Early in 2010, The New York Times reported on the change of mind she's had on such topics as No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, and charter schools. Ravitch had once supported all of those efforts, but she told the Times that her mind was changed when she examined the data about, for example, how charter schools performed versus public schools, or how other countries' education systems performed.

In each case, she began to be concerned that, instead of improving public education, the reform effort in the United States was dismantling public education.

Ravitch served as assistant secretary of education in President George H.W. Bush's administration, and she is currently a research professor of education at New York University. She is the author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.

Ravitch will make her case about "The Paradox of Education Reform Today" during a February 24 event at The Commonwealth Club of California in Silicon Valley. This is a free program. For details, visit the Club's web site.


Anonymous said...

Commonwealth should do an article on the Gulen Movement and how they are currently managing over 122 Charter schools in the USA. The Gulen Movement follows the teachings of exiled Islamic Imam Fethullah Gulen who has a 5th grade education. These 122 charter schools have made off with over $1 billion in Government Educational monies (taxpayer funds) and are under a network of Gulen NGOs like: Cosmos Foundation, Daisy Education, Raindrop Turkish House, Gulen Institute, Niagara Foundation, Pacifica Institute, Concept Schools, Rumi Forum, and many more. Lots of money laundering and FREE trips to Turkey for local academia, media and politicans.
Do your research on the Gulen Movement and why the American Schools are being dismantled 1 school at a time. They are also hiring unqualified teachers from Turkey (mostly men) on H1-b Visas - they are the biggest abusers of h1-b Visas for teaching, while American Teachers are getting pinked slipped. America is outsourcing education on the cheap.

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