Friday, July 29, 2011

Diane Ravitch addresses NBCTs this morning, calls for political action

Diane Ravitch is an historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Previously, she was a U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education.

In her critically acclaimed national best seller, Diane Ravitch examines her career in education reform and repudiates positions that she once fiercely defended. Evaluating wildly popular ideas for restructuring schools, including charter schools and testing, she explains why they have had no positive impact on the quality of American education.

On teacher tenure, Ravitch lampooned critics who view educational work protection rules as lifetime employment guarantees: “[Teachers have] a right to a hearing if someone wants to fire [them] … it’s not so onerous ,.. it’s due process.”

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