The Return of Old Diane Ravitch
Good news. After suspending
Old Diane Ravitch‘s account, Twitter is allowing ODR to return as long as ODR changes names to @NOTDianeRavitch. Of course, the new name is not really accurate. ODR is tweeting things that Diane Ravitch actually said — just things that she used to say before whatever life-changing event caused her to make a 180.
ODR, or I should now say NDR, also sent me some interesting information about who complained to Twitter. It is likely that it was
our favorite thin-skinned and unreliable historian:
This page clearly states that “Twitter processes impersonation reports from the user being impersonated or someone legally authorized to act on behalf of the user/entity.” In other words, given that Twitter said they recieved a valid report that my account is engaged in non-parody impersonation and their policy that they only process reports from the user being impersonated (or their representative), it must be the case that the report came from Diane Ravitch (or someone she authorized to make the report).
In case Diane Ravitch or her legally authorized agent complain some more and get NDR removed from Twitter, I’ve reproduced all of ODR/NDR’s previous tweets below.
But eventually, our society must face up to the challenge of educating all children.
Change is happening; it cannot be stopped, though, of course, it can be slowed, delayed, and compromised.
Many educators showed no interest in learning why American students seem to do worse as they get older. Instead, they attacked the test.
Hefty increases in inputs produced very little gain in student performance.
The schools are not meeting today’s challenge despite the fact that we have significantly increased the resources available for education.
There is clearly a role for research, however, even if it is just producing ammunition for different sides.
I believe that this is fundamentally a political struggle. It will be resolved in the political arena, and the data will become ammunition.
Some say it’s wrong to try a new strategy without a record of success, yet prevent new ideas from getting a fair trial.
We must give poor kids a chance to escape the schools that are cruelly not educating them.
We must do whatever we can to end the awful cycle of wasted lives—which includes giving vouchers a chance.
The evidence on vouchers is scarce because of the largely successful campaign to block vouchers.
Some studies suggest that the school system in Milwaukee has responded positively to competition with non-public schools.
What rankles those who have no choice in the current system is that there are ample choices for those who have the resources to move.
Vouchers have now become a civil rights issue for a new generation of African American activists.
I supported NCLB because it seemed like a good idea at the time. Who would want to leave any child behind?
We have public schools that are absolutely spectacular and we have some that are awful schools.
If the public schools cannot do better than these alternatives, it should be up to the parents.
If we found no difference in performance between charter, voucher, and regular public schools, it would not be a victory for the status quo.
We need value-added assessment so that we can be sure that kids are gaining from the instruction.
We need to have absolute standards that hold for all students and that cannot be qualified by variables such as class or race.
I would be outraged if a social scientist told me my child was doing as well as could be expected for a child of his race, class, or gender.
I am a historian, and that means I do not have the social science background that many of the people in this room have.
We must not teach children to tolerate fanaticism, be it political or religious.
We must not teach children to tolerate those who hijack commercial jetliners and kill innocent victims.
Shanker warned that multiculturalism, as it is taught in the United States, is dangerous for a democratic, multiethnic society.
Children in educationally bankrupt schools should be offered scholarships to use in any accredited school.
Despite the outpouring of media about a test backlash, it turns out that the public is not opposed to testing.
By adding an element of accountability, public charter schools actually strengthen the hand of local officials.
Many education reformers today are saying, “I hate privatization, but give me the money and don’t hold me accountable.”
Title I money should go to kids, not school districts, just the way higher education funding follows students.
Poor kids in Title I schools do not perform better in school than poor kids who are not in Title I schools.
The federal government has poured more than $100 billion into Title I for poor kids, with little to show for it.
Of course money matters and we should spend more money where more money is needed. No question about it. But there are other problems. 31:30
Educators dumbed down curriculum because they thought most kids couldn’t do it; by having low expectations they reinforced mediocrity. 26:50
Any school that’s a good school we should feel happy about; not just say rah-rah for public schools and boo to non-public schools. 20:25
People who went to Catholic schools and other kinds of schools are also good Americans. Our system of education is very pluralistic. 19:45
The quest for higher student performance is likely to be stymied by the large proportion of poorly prepared teachers.
Instead of requiring irrelevant education courses, should examine prospective teachers for their academic knowledge.
It is hard to understand the hysteria stirred by the fear of choice with regard to the public schools.
Vouchers and charters will not destroy public education. This is an incredible and fantastic fear.
Head Start has abandoned its focus on education in favor of an array of social services, nutrition and counseling.
Social promotion pushes youngsters into high school even if they cannot read, and eventually causes them to drop out.
Shanker: “Our current system is devastatingly bad for all our youngsters.”
Sounds like you’re still sore from when I called out your misleading defense of bilingual education in the WSJ (7/10/98)
I object to the practice of assigning new teachers to troubled schools, often as a result of union seniority rules.
Thanks for the follow
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The public school system would be strengthened by the ability to shut down bad schools.
It is unjust there is no realistic way to force the closure of schools that students and parents would abandon if they could.
If the current system is successful for only half of students, then new approaches must be sought to help everyone else
The challenge to public education today is not to reinforce the correlation between achievement and social class, but to sever it.
There is a tendency to rationalize poor performance by implying that poverty equals destiny and so no one is to blame for failure.
Future self, I can tell that you are going to be a formidable opponent.
It may be harder to graduate from high school than to become a certified teacher.
Texas model has successfully improved the performance of black and Hispanic students, particularly in math and writing
Congress should focus on the quality, not quantity, of the nation’s teaching corps.
NYC schools chancellor should have the power to close schools that consistently fail or engage in corrupt practices.
Every classroom should have a well-educated, knowledgeable teacher. We are far from that goal today.