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Advice for Duncan: The Professor

Ohanian Comment: I
often disagree with Diane but something I
admire about her is you know exactly where she
stands. No waffling here. And in this case, I
happen to agree with her 100%.


by Valerie Strauss

Chicago public schools chief Arne Duncan goes
before a Senate committee on Tuesday for a
confirmation hearing. To help him set
priorities, Post reporter Valerie Strauss asked
folks in the education world to provide their
best advice on key issues. Here is a response
from Diane Ravitch, professor of education at
New York University, senior fellow at the
Brookings Institution.

by Diane Ravitch

You have a chance to make a historic difference
by abolishing the No Child Left Behind
legislation. Signed into law in 2002, this law
has turned our schools into testing factories,
narrowed the curriculum to the detriment of
everything other than reading and math, and
prompted states to claim phony test score
gains.

The law's remedies don't work. The law's
sanctions don't work. The goal of 100 percent
proficiency by 2014 is ludicrous; no nation or
state has ever reached it.

Achievement gains have been meager. Test scores
improved more on federal tests in the five
years preceding NCLB than in the years since it
was implemented.

What Washington does best is write checks,
collect honest information, and call attention
to problems.

Mr. Secretary, use your bully pulpit to scrap
this ineffective set of mandates. And when the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act is
reauthorized, as it must be, insist that
schools are accountable not only for educating
their students in history, science, literature,
civics, and the arts, but for safeguarding
their health and development.

Other people were asked for
their advice:
Obama's Education Secretary: Advice for Duncan:
The Critic
Obama's Education Secretary: Advice for Duncan:
The Early Education Advocate
Obama's Education Secretary: Advice for Duncan:
The University Chancellor
Obama's Education Secretary: Advice for Duncan:
The Student
Obama's Education Secretary: Advice for Duncan:
The Teacher
Obama's Education Secretary: Advice for Duncan:
The Astronomer
Obama's Education Secretary: Advice for Duncan:
The Bioethicist
Obama's Education Secretary: Advice for Duncan:
The School Superintendent
Obama's Education Secretary: Advice for Duncan:
The Author

For the advice of others, go to the url
below.

— Valerie Strauss and others
Washington Post
2009-01-12
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/09/AR2009010901525_pf.html


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