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Diane Ravitch
Diane Ravitch

AIR DATE: July 14, 2010

Once a staunch supporter of educational reform efforts like the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Diane Ravitch had an enlightening moment about what really works in the classroom.

She chronicles those thoughts in her new book The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.

Diane Ravitch, author and Research Prof, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

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I have been listening off and on to the whole series on education, and would like to give the station, and Dave in particular, kudos for covering this topic. As a teacher, a mother and former "Teacher's Association" officer, I am so frustrated at what is happening to our public schools. For years good teachers have been saying that children who succeed do so because they have been exposed to a wide variety of literature, ideas and thoughts and then shown how to use their own minds and imaginations to become successful adults, no matter their zip code.

What has happened is that the governments (both state and federal) are treating children like a commodity...WRONG! They are young people.

We as a society need to look at what we want for our young people...the ability to read a paragraph at 10th grade and complete a math equation or a confident, well-read individual capable of making his/her own decisions and positive contributions to our society.

AnnieJul 29, 2010 11:21:30 AM
I'm really enjoying listening to Diane Ravitch's common sense, something sadly lacking in political debates on education. But it's amazing to me that it has taken with her, and will take with others, looking at years of data (costing millions or billions) to conclude that the NCLB standards were utterly ludicrous in the first place. Can't anyone with basic common sense and any triple-digit IQ figure that out without having to actually watch it happen? What she may still be missing is that there is an agenda here: bust teacher unions, continue the war on workers' rights, and privatize. You can bet there are plenty of "experts" and business people waiting in the wings for the big-bucks federal handouts in education.
KrisOJul 29, 2010 09:48:11 AM
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