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"Slaying Goliath: The Education Reform Movement Has Failed America"; "by Diane Ravitch.

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The Bush-Obama-Trump program of standardized testing, punitive accountability, & school choice is their 'reform' strategy. It has utterly failed. The “reformers” relied on the business idea that disruption is a positive good. I call them “disruptors,” not reformers. Reformers have historically called for more funding, better trained teachers, desegregation, smaller class sizes.  Federal mandates led states  to spend billions on testing, crowding out untested subjects like history and science.  Charter schools on average do not get higher test scores;  in some states charters dominate the state’s list of the lowest performing schools. How do we improve our schools?   States and districts should save billions by spending  to reduce class sizes so children can get individualized help from their teacher,' who, BTW, should not have to work 2 or 3  jobs to make ends meet . Read more...

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Education historian, Diane Ravitch, has published a book, Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools.

It is a book about parents, teachers, students, administrators, and other public school advocates across the nation whose grass roots efforts to engage in the fight save America's schools have created a movement, a book that allows public school advocates the opportunity to step back and see a more complete picture of their combined efforts across cities, states, situations, and years.

It is a book about us.

Slaying Goliathwas officially released last week. Read this terrific Q and A with Diane that appeared in the Washington Post here.

And be on the lookout to see if Diane is coming to a city near you. Go here to find her book talk schedule for this month and next.

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Charters and Vouchers are NOT a Choice.

The Network for Public Education categorically opposes the use of tax dollars for private and parochial schools. If parents wish to educate children in such schools, they should do so with private funds. Public funds should be spent for the common good.

We encourage you to read about this important study that shows how Indiana's voucher program has led to a new generation of segregation academies.

2019 saw a marked increase in the number of reports involving scandalous behavior on the part of charter schools. Here is an important Answer Sheet blog that highlights the top 5 charter scandals of 2019.

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Gayle Lakin reviews SLAYING GOLIATH at Norm Scott's EdNotes Online.

"Ravitch heroically and successfully wades through this complicated decades-long haze in her book, Slaying Goliath with her trademark attention to detail. She brings clarity as to how "ed reform" (she prefers "ed disrupters") birthed charter schools with the intention of privatizing our national education system and how and why this "grand scheme" is currently and fortunately starting to burn out!"

"No words can possibly convey the degree of spin, erroneous data and persistent support of outright fabrications that became "truths" under a relentless "ed reform" mantra; say it enough, spin it enough, publish it enough, work the system enough and it will become "true" enough. But "enough is enough"! "

"What might a reader's first reaction be? There isn't a rock big enough for "ed disrupters" to crawl under to escape the raw truths exposed in this book. Ravitch names people and companies (and there are many). She thoroughly explains the tactics of those ultra-wealthy hedge-fund managers, philanthropists, CEO's, big businesses, politicians and the likes playing into and profiting by the "ed disruption" takeover of our national education system via a "Trojan horse" also known as the charter school (which is assuredly not a public school even though it receives public school funding). "

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"The current charter school concept is totally foreign to the original idea put forth by Al Shanker who originally intended for a charter school to be a public school within a public school to serve the needs of outlier learners. Ravitch details Shanker's actual vision. Who would know better as he spoke to her directly about his vision which she describes in her book!"

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Oligarchs use privatization to squeeze the last bit of money out of the average Joe before crushing him. Education is a glaring example of our downfall. Unfortunately, the same mechanism is also destroying the workplace, recreation, the media and our environment.

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