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Tag Archive for ‘Diane Ravitch’

Martin Luther and Walt Disney as Teachers of Reading

As a university supervisor of secondary level student teachers in English at San Jose State, I’ve spent a good deal of time over the past three decades observing students at the middle and high school levels reading and responding to what they read. Often, as I observe these classrooms, I see teachers behaving as if the Lutheran revolution was the only game in town.   You know the general story. Luther […]

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Countering the false narrative of our national educational reform movement (NERM)

In this exceptionally powerful and concisely written 8/5/14 post (see here),Diane Ravitch alerts readers to the wide range of documentry films that help to expose the soft underbelly of the corporate educational reform movement. I join with Diane in urging the showing of these films at PTA meetings, churches, and commmunity centers, so that an informed public can begin to engage in genuine debate on these vital issues. Diane’s post […]

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“creative disruption” and educational reform

the power of naming

Readers of this blog will not be surprised to learn that there is an intent behind the large numbers of students who will be deemed “below proficient” or “well below proficient” when the results of the spring 2015 CCSS tests are announced next fall. As Jeb Bush said last August: “There will be a painful adjustment period as schools and students adapt to higher expectations. Just look at the results […]

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Jonathan Lovell: Think of This When Critics Rage

Posted By dianerav on September 29, 2013 Jonathan Lovell noticed that several critics of “Reign of Error” have attacked me, instead of engaging the issues I raise in the book. Jonathan teaches writing at San Jose State. He sent me this couplet, written by Alexander Pope: “Yes, I am proud; I must be proud to see Men, not afraid of God, afraid of me.” After I met him in Berkeley […]

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