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Two quotes from Diane Ravitch

Although I don’t know how one would objectively measure this, I think lately Diane Ravitch has been even more vocal on her blog than usual. Here are a couple of quotes that caught my eye today: [Reformers] say they want “great teachers.” But they demonize and demoralize the teachers we have now. What plans do they...

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Two quotes on ‘value-added’ measures of teacher quality

TweetShareSharePinClipPocketIf you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to this blog via e-mail or my RSS feed. I also am on Twitter. Thanks for visiting!Here are two quotes from Diane Ravitch’s blog regarding ‘value-added’ measures of teacher quality. The second one would make me laugh if it weren’t also so sadly true… The crux...

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Blame the method, not the kids (or educators)

Hi Karen, I regularly struggle with Diane too. See, for example: http://bit.ly/LxBKeUhttp://bit.ly/aMuPCC I often find myself wishing for data, evidence, or at least some support for what she’s saying. Sometimes what she says drives me crazy. She has a tendency to overgeneralize (e.g., ALL charter or virtual schools are bad) and I remain firmly convinced...

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Diane Ravitch and learning technologies: Here we go again

Diane Ravitch and learning technologies: Here we go again

I have previously expressed my concerns regarding Diane Ravitch’s denigration of the power of digital technologies for learning and teaching. Her blog gives her a very visible online platform and I think that she should be a little more careful with her wording and claims, particularly given her self-professed lack of computer fluency. Although she’s been...

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The mainstream media doesn’t care when black and brown children are harmed by misguided education policy

Diane Ravitch says: It has become obvious over the past decade that the mainstream media not only doesn’t care when black and brown children are harmed by misguided education policy, they typically accept the claims of those inflicting the harm. They report without any criticism the policies that bounce black and brown children around the...

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Diane Ravitch and technology: Once more into the breach…

Diane Ravitch and technology: Once more into the breach…

I’m trying to see Diane Ravitch’s pro-technology stance. I really am. I thought she was more tempered in Reign of Error. She actually noted some positive affordances of instructional technologies for students and teachers and also appropriately noted concerns about some cyber charter schools. But after yet another derisive statement about how technologies are ‘distracting...

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Education reformers want double standards for THEIR schools

Education reformers want double standards for THEIR schools

In what is likely to be my favorite post of the week (and, yes, it’s Monday!), Shaun Johnson says: in case you’re confused, let me summarize Jay P. Greene’s innovative arguments: Standardized test results – and consequences driven almost exclusively by them – are wonderful ways to hold public schools accountable, up to and including...

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