Ravitch Lambasts City's Education System
September 7th, 2007

Education historian Diane Ravitch was a guest on Brian Lehrer’s show on WNYC this week, where she calls the Education Department’s initiative to empower principals another part of the “overall scheme to dismantle the public education system” by “sitting each of the schools on their own bottom.” But she tells Lehrer that, ironically, principals do not actually have more power. They are still bound by city, state, federal, and union mandates.

And that includes curriculum, which is test oriented, she asserts. “The Department of Education is totally test obsessed,” Ravitch laments. “Our kids are being turned into test taking puppets.” Ravitch then calls for an independent monitor for state tests after the Daily News’ Erin Einhorn talks about her article that found that state math tests have been made easier.

Ravitch finishes off her appearance by saying the mayor has done nothing for the children in the city’s schools, except exclude citizen involvement in their education and cause turmoil amongst teachers and principals.

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One Response to “Ravitch Lambasts City's Education System”

  1. Debbie Smith Says:
    September 7th, 2007 at 11:25 am

    What our public schools need is more accountability, not less. Testing provides this much needed accountability. Measures for reforming the public schools include:
    1. Establish a national test to measure student progress more accurately;
    2. Raise compensation levels for high-quality teachers, especially in the areas of science, math and Special Education;
    3. Provide better information on school performance to parents;
    4. Eliminate district boundaries between schools allowing parents to choose the right school for their children, regardless of where they live;
    5. Allow greater flexibility for schools to hire and fire teachers;
    6. Make school funding more transparent by attaching education dollars to the student instead of the school district.
    For more information, visit http://www.paths2choice.com.

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