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Friday, August 5, 2011

Diane Ravitch Protests the Status Quo

Diane Ravitch spoke at the Save our Schools March last weekend. Some highlights...
  • Today we join to protest the status quo. The status quo of high stakes testing, the status quo of attacks on the teaching profession, the status quo of privatization. The status quo is wrong; don’t let them say you’re defending the status quo; the status quo stinks!
  • Carrots and sticks are for donkeys, not professionals.
  • We protest the idea of turning education into a race. Education is a right, not a race.
  • Free public education, open to all, with no lottery, is a cornerstone of our democracy.
  • The shame of our nation is that we lead the developed world in child poverty...Our problem is poverty, not our schools.
  • Education policy should be designed by educators, not by politicians.
  • Secretary Duncan, the achievement gap begins before children arrive in school for the first day.
  • Great schools can never be built on a foundation of fear, punishment and threats.
Watch it, below...

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