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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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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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