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If Arne Duncan Knows. . .

In an interview with John Merrow, Diane Ravitch mainly touts national standards, but she concludes with a real zinger.

by Diane Ravitch

If Arne Duncan knows exactly how to reform American education, why didn’t he reform Chicago’s schools? A report came out a couple of weeks ago from the Civic Committee of Chicago (”Still Left Behind”) saying that Chicago’s much-touted score gains in the past several years were phony, that they were generated after the state lowered the passing mark on the state tests, that the purported gains did not show up on the federal tests, and that Chicago’s high schools are still failing. On the respected federal test (NAEP), Chicago continues to be one of the lowest performing cities in the nation.

I want to know why Washington is pushing "reform" ideas that have so little evidence behind them, ideas that might do serious damage to public education in America?

— Diane Ravitch
Taking Note
2009-08-04
http://learningmatters.tv/blog/op-ed/privatization-will-not-help-us-achieve-our-goals-an-interview-with-diane-ravitch/2413/#2


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