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John Thompson on The Perfect Storm of Destructive School Reform. Diane Ravitch blog

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Incredible analysis!!! This link and the article provide  an essential service to public education by explaining that the corporate school reform disaster wasn’t due to its “discrete singular efforts, but to  a confluence of systematic and orchestrated education reform efforts that are akin to storm fronts.” Just as important, Croft, Roberts, and Stenhouse provide insights into why post-Covid schools are likely to face comparable challenges .As their metaphor explains, rain and wind don’t necessarily wreak havoc, and no single policy mandate, no matter how ill-conceived, was to blame for the corporate reforms’ “colossal failure;” the catastrophe was caused by the combination of an unprecedented amount of high-stakes standardized testing, data-driven teacher evaluations, and attempts to hold individual students and teachers accountable for Common Core test results.

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