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Unpacking the Lies Behind the "Failing Schools" Narrative; by Diane Ravitch

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"Paul Thomas of Furman University taught high school for 18 years before becoming a college professor. He is one of the nation's leading authorities on the effects of poverty on children and schooling. Recently, he has been writing about the flaws of education journalism. In this post , he unpacks the claim that public schools are “failing,” that (some) charter schools have found the secret sauce of innovation, and that public schools are resisting change. He cites two paragraphs from a recent article in Education Week that embody what he calls a “self-fulfilling prophesy.” Read the 2 paragraphs,  which traffic in very predictable nonsense so typical of the  fake news that has led to the destruction public education.T hen, unpack the nonsense; the lie  falls apart when you unpack the claim that innovative charter schools will save public education!

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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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