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Ravitch on WfS and the trashing of teachers

Obama’s misguided policies and the overhyped doc Waiting For “Superman” have turned America against its teachers. Education expert Diane Ravitch on why the vitriol is so dangerous.

For the past week, the national media has launched an attack on American public education that is unprecedented in our history. NBC devoted countless hours to panels stacked with “experts” who believe that public education is horrible because it has so many “bad” teachers and “bad” principals. The same “experts” appeared again and again to call for privatization, breaking teachers’ unions, and mass firings of “bad” educators. Oprah devoted two shows to the same voices. The movie Waiting for “Superman”, possibly the most ballyhooed documentary of all time, explains patiently that poor test scores are caused by bad teachers, that bad teachers are protected for life by their unions, and that the answer to our terrible test scores is privatization. If only we fire enough teachers every year, goes the oft-repeated claim, our national test scores will soar to meet those of Finland, the highest scoring nation. Go to the original…


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