diane ravitch http://michiganradio.org en Ravitch: School reforms are "tearing education apart and demonizing teachers" http://michiganradio.org/post/ravitch-school-reforms-are-tearing-education-apart-and-demonizing-teachers <p>Diane Ravitch, education historian and author of the book <em>The Death and Life of the Great American School System, </em> spoke at the Novi Sheraton Hotel today at an education symposium about the current state of education and education reform in the country.</p><p>The symposium was co-sponsored by the <a href="http://www.mea.org/bfcl/pdf/030711_education_reform_symposium.pdf">Michigan Education Association</a>.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110307/NEWS06/110307013/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Ravitch had a welcome audience, getting a standing ovation before and after she spoke at the conference...She said national policy makers say they want to reform education. But, what they&rsquo;re really doing &ldquo;is tearing education apart and demonizing teachers.&rdquo;</p><p>She alluded to Detroit as she talked about districts that are eliminating programs, laying off thousands of teachers, getting rid of art education and increasing class sizes, saying it&rsquo;s kids in Detroit &quot;who need much smaller classes.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Ravitch said poverty plays a big role in the success or failure of students in a school system.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/03/diane_ravitch_corporate-driven.html">Grand Rapid Press </a>had more on Ravitch&#39;s talk in which she said the United States is in an age of &quot;national stupidity&quot; in terms of how it views education.</p><p>From the Grand Rapids Press:</p><blockquote><p>Ravich, a former assistant U.S. secretary of education who had a role in developing No Child Left Behind and the charter school movement, renounced both reforms, saying they&#39;ve given way to a culture of incentives and punishments through testing that does little to help students...Ravitch said the country can&#39;t improve schools by constantly cutting budgets and using standardized tests to paint teachers as ineffective in an attempt to &ldquo;de-professionalize&rdquo; the work.</p></blockquote><p>She said that current reforms that rely on test scores are a mistake:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I take standardized test scores with a grain of salt &ndash; make that a ton of salt,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We&#39;ve watched a gaming of the system and an increase in cheating because the stakes are so high.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2011-03-06-school-testing_N.htm">USA Today</a> and the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110306/NEWS06/103060602/When-test-scores-don-t-add-up-32-metro-Detroit-schools-show-improvements-too-good-true?odyssey=mod|mostcom">Detroit Free Press</a> had stories over the weekend on this very subject. Their investigation showed anomalies in standardized test score results - anomalies that suggest cheating may have taken place.</p><p>Here is a clip of Ravitch talking about education reform and her book on the Daily Show:</p><div style="background-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 520px;"><div style="padding: 4px;"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="." flashvars="" height="242" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:376268" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="430"></embed><p style="text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 4px; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><b><a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-3-2011/diane-ravitch">The Daily Show - Diane Ravitch</a></b></p></div></div><p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:51:28 +0000 Mark Brush 1536 at http://michiganradio.org Ravitch: School reforms are "tearing education apart and demonizing teachers"