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Steven Singer: American Public Schools Are Great!; Diane Ravitch

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'There is a narrative spun by Disrupters that American schools are 'failing' & in 'crisis' this is baloney!' American public schools are among the best in the world. What holds us back is our high rates of child poverty. The biggest problem in American education, aside from our national indifference to the well-being of students, is that we have a crazy federal law that makes test scores the goal of education. That’s backwards. Test scores are supposed to be a measure, not a goal. We should aim to be more like Finland, which not only has high test scores without test prep, but has been rated the happiest country in the world. Less testing, more time for the arts and more attention to creativity and divergent thinking. Teachers with autonomy and a love of teaching.'

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Inthis post, Diane offers a look at her road to knowing what she does about our public education system, and she offers a fascinating article recently by Checker Finn that captured her skepticism about the Big Ideas imposed on schools and teachers.

Dr Ravitch's reaction to Checker's article was this: "Twenty or thirty years from now, someone will write a similar article about charter schools and ask, "How could people have been so dumb as to believe that you could 'reform' American education by letting anyone get public money to open any kind of school? Why did they think it was a good idea to let entrepreneurs and for-profit entities open schools? Why did they allow corporate chains to take over community public schools? Why did they allow religious zealots to get public money intended for public schools? They must have lost all common sense or any sense of history!"

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