Out Out Damned Spot..or…report from the frontline..

I have been following Diane Ravitch’s blog the past few days. http://dianeravitch.net/2013/10/27/new-york-principal-sounds-off-at-first-of-kings-new-listening-tours/ She has been on the frontline, speaking out about the folly of Charter School syndrome and brutal inequalities in education. Her recent book, “Reign of Error” is instigating much needed debate. From her bio..

“Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. She blogs at dianeravitch.net, a site which has had nearly 3.5 million page views in less than a year. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards.

From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. From 1995 until 2005, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited Brookings Papers on Education Policy. Before entering government service, she was Adjunct Professor of History and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.”

This particular post made me happy. It made me happy because it illustrates what can begin to happen when a community of parents and educators get organized and start to take a stand for kids. Kids and their teachers. For schools!

PLAY!!!   photo courtesy of Green Acres School
PLAY!!! photo courtesy of Green Acres School

The East Coast seems to be taking the lead in standing up to top down corporate education models. There is good reason to do so. It is an outmoded model that is motivated by profit for the few, and, at best, mediocrity for everyone else. Ha..and guess what? Mediocrity may go the way of the disappearing middle class if we are not mindful.

This fight does not only exist in the public education sector. Reports from teachers in all kinds of schools across the nation inform us that the entrepreneur corporate model has been having a seductive and damaging influence in schools where founding democratic based models are coming under attack. Yes..and the Charter School model seduced the nation before reality in implementation rolled out and revealed its ultimate profit driven thrust and goals. Kids are not getting what they need.

Education needs to be left in the hands of educators and not in the hands of for profit businesses and corporations. Entrepreneurs and wall streeters…be gone. Out Out Damned Spot.

For those of you who would like to know more about Diane Ravitch, you can find her complete bio here:


…please share your thoughts-comments are looked forward to….



About cthebean

Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.
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