A Critical Read for all of those Interested in Education

I am reposting the following from Diane Ravitch’s blog.  With a major debate going on in the US over public versus charter schools given the new Secretary of Education, the PBS documentary and this critique are important contributions on opposing sides of the debate.  The documentary is very entertaining, but many will find it misleading; the points made by Ravitch and Burris in the article below are far more compelling, but not a slick, well-financed sales job, and so will unfortunately be less noticed.  Please take the time to read it in its entirety!

You might also be interested in the documentary “Backpack Full of Cash” that she mentions at https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/18/do-you-want-to-host-a-community-screening-of-backpack-full-of-cash/.

Diane Ravitch was a former Assistant Secretary of Education under George W. Bush, initially involved in promoting the No Child Left Behind initiative.  She did a 180 turnabout when she saw the effects of the program and the impact of standardized testing.  She is a professor of education history at New York University and author of several books on the American education system such as The Death and Life of the Great American School System and The Reign of Error.

—  David Kristofferson

Between April and June of this year, PBS distributed a three-hour documentary called “Schools Inc.” to its member stations. I was invited to comment on the program by WNET, the PBS station in New York City. It was a 10-minute interview, and not nearly enough time to respond to all the issues covered in a […]

via Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris: A Critical Review of the PBS Special “Schools, Inc.” — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Charter School Experience in Nashville, TN.

I have been taking a break from blogging for the past month, but wanted to share this article on the experience of a school board member with charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee:


LA School Board now has a majority in favor of charter schools

This was apparently the most expensive school board district election in U.S. history.

Just like in our Measure Y election, according to Diane Ravitch below turnout was poor…

Thus begins a big new experiment in the privatization of public education. Will it be more successful than Detroit?!?