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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Education in jeopardy

I'm currently reading The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch, and there couldn't be a more timely or important book.  Once I have finished it, I will definitely post a review of it.  I'm only up to chapter three and this book is already blowing me away.  It's a must-read for educators and parents alike.  If we're serious about reforming education in a way that will lead to meaningful learning for students, we need to be aware of the issues Ravitch raises.  What really gives the book creedence is the fact that Ravitch was once a true believer in things like school choice, measuring students progress through standardized testing, and linking teacher merit pay to test scores.  She worked for the Bush administration and helped create NCLB (No Child Left Behind).  This book is her platform for reexamining those beliefs and for evaluating how the reforms now in place are actually undermining public education.

NPR has done an excellent review of the book.

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