"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, December 18, 2015

Ravitch's Blinding Insight

Diane Ravitch was a staunch supporter of the rewrite of ESEA until it was passed.  Ever since last April, Ravitch and various neoliberal groups that she fronts for have maintained a steady stream of enthused propaganda about the ESEA rewrite. 

Now that the status quo of testing, privatization, and segregation has been guaranteed for another few years with the rewrite that she supported, Ravitch seems to have suddenly seen the light:
The Every Student Succeeds Act shifts much–though not all–of the responsibity [sic] for testing and accountability to the states. States have more flexibility, if they choose to exercise it. Many states, lacking imagination or thoughtfulness, will continue to do what the Department of Education and NCLB forced them to do.
What will she discover next?


  1. Anonymous8:19 PM

    As a teacher in a district under state control, I fail to see the benefit of the theoretical transition.

    Abigail Shure

  2. Ravitch says some states are "lacking imagination or thoughtfulness." So maybe they need some psychotherapy? Like corporate education reform itself, unleashing state interests will accelerate the drive for corporate competition and profit. Neoliberal Democrats encouraged this result by degrading the federal Department of Education for corporate interests. Now, instead of a federal Department of Education we are going to have a national education policy directed by business interests through ALEC.

  3. Anonymous3:12 PM

    this is how she has made a name for herself for years.... support it and then recant and then the fools who follow her sing her praises. She lacks foresight and does not nothing to help the rank and file teacher who has to bare down and teach under these horrific conditions set in place by policies she passive aggressively supports and denies. She is not a voice for the voiceless teacher; she is a voice for herself- a NYU professor & blogger. She has to keep herself relevant in this debate so she can impress her colleagues. I am sure she is considered fabulous in academia. Troops on the ground know otherwise.