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Ravitch 2013


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Ravitch 2013

  1. 1. Forgetting the Questions The Problem of Educational Reform Diane Ravitch
  2. 2. A Long History in Education Ms. Ravitch’s biography.
  3. 3. Has Education Reform Improved? “One important difference is that so much of the past agenda of educational reformers has been largely fulfilled. In one sense, the educational enterprise is the victim of its own successes, since new problems have arisen from the long-sought solutions to earlier problems.” (Ravitch, 1985, p. 97) Some changes to Ms. Ravitch’s thoughts on education reform can be found in this opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal.
  4. 4. Ravitch on NYC Schools Ms. Ravitch’s thoughts on the future of NYC schools and what’s to come… What do you think about the mayor’s control over the incredibly vast NYC school system?
  5. 5. Ravitch the Romantic? “The curriculum should be designed so that every student has the fullest opportunity to develop his powers, intelligence, interest, talent, and understanding. Every student needs to know how to form and articulate his own opinions… Every student, to understand the world in which he will be a participant, should be knowledgeable about history, should master some other language as well as his own, should discover the pleasure of literature, especially its power to reach across time and cultures and to awaken our sense of universality…” (Ravitch, 1985, p. 104) Is this realistic? Does the public even want this?
  6. 6. The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (2003) In 2003, Ms. Ravitch published the above-named book in which she decries political correctness in education, including textbooks. Here is a detailed NPR interview is available for your listening pleasure, and a goofier video from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart describe her frustrations on this topic. Do you think that there are exceptions to some of the censorship limits, like perhaps student age?
  7. 7. Standardized Testing More on Ms. Ravitch’s change of heart on standardized tests and how they affect students, schools and teachers.
  8. 8. More on No Child Left Behind: She was for it before she was against it "Former 'No Child Left Behind' Advocate Turns Critic” NPR Audio Interview As someone who was the member of the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB, the group that oversees the federal testing program), and involved in education for so long, how was it that Ms. Ravitch was not prepared to see the flaws of NCLB? Should we absolve Diane Ravitch of her earlier decisions?
  9. 9. References Inskeep, S. (2010, March 02). Former 'no child left behind' advocate turns critic. Retrieved from McLeod, S. (2010, July 25). [Web log message]. Retrieved from decisions National Assessment Governing Board. (n.d.). Overview. Retrieved from Ravitch, D. (n.d.). About Diane. Retrieved from Ravitch, D. (1985). The schools we deserve. New York, NY: Basic Books. Ravitch, D. (2003, April 28). Interview by T Gross [Web Based Recording]. Listen: Fresh air from whyy., Retrieved from Ravitch, D. (2009, March 09). Why I changed my mind about school reform. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from Ravitch, D. (2009, June 27). The future of public education in NYC: What next?. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from Ravitch, D. (2011, July 14). Interview by T Grossman [Web Based Recording]. Ravitch: Standardized testing undermines teaching., Retrieved from Ravitch, D. (2011, July 15). Interview by S Inskeep [Web Based Recording]. Former 'no child left behind' advocate turns critic., Retrieved from Stewart, J. (Performer) (2003). Diane Ravitch [Television series episode]. New York, NY: Comedy Central. Retrieved from