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[Susan notes:

In the flurry of accolades, some educators would like an accounting.]

Submitted to Los Angeles Times but not published

To the editor

Diane Ravitch's recent article (3/14/10) in which she issues herself a personal rebuke for being guilty of advocating the Bush presidents' destructive education reform schemes doesn't get my pardon. It was her unrelenting efforts that helped to destroy a generation of the nation's students in public education. Her faulty belief that "choice and accountability would offer a chance for poor children to escape failing schools" has been disproven repeatedly. The actual fact is that children coming from impoverished settings are the cause of much school "failure" in America. The deprivations they experience create low performance on the kinds of high stakes testing and NCLB requirements that she so arduously promoted. She needs to show as much energy in correcting the damages as she did in creating them. Her efforts helped to close schools, pink slip thousands of excellent teachers and bankrupt school districts. Her "personal rebuke" on paper won't erase the comprehensive insult and destruction to our nation's public school communities that she has caused.

Bill Archer

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