"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Diane Ravitch Speaks in Colorado

This video posted on Sabrina's Failing Schools Blog is about 90 minutes long, but it's worth it. In it, Diane Ravitch outlines the corporate attack on public education and public school teachers. During this talk she covers, among other things...
  • Waiting for Superman -- She debunks it detail by detail, and gives herself credit for preventing it getting an Oscar nomination.
  • Poverty and how it affects education in America.
  • Charter schools and how they are not better than regular public schools. Charters have become a stand-in for vouchers.
  • The corporate reform movement demoralizes teachers and is doing "incalculable damage to public education."
  • The status quo. She reminds us that she is NOT defending the "status quo." But she says schools should not be "reformed" by non-educators. The status quo is defined by No Child Left Behind.
  • Schools for poor kids. What kind of school should we have for poor kids? We should have the "same kinds of school that's available for rich kids."
  • Race to the Top. Closing schools is not a school improvement strategy.
  • Voucher schools. She reports that "voucher schools" did not improve education in Milwaukee.
You're going to say, "This is too long...I don't have time to listen to it." But...you need to watch this. You need to pass this on to your friends, family, teachers, administrators, and political leaders. We need your voice. Watch 20 minutes each day for 5 days if you have to...



Click below to join others in helping to save public education in America. Tell corporate America, tell politicians: Enough is Enough!

http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org/

http://parentsacrossamerica.org/

http://www.educationvotes.nea.org/
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