Diane Ravitch's blog

How to Recognize Lies, Hoaxes, and B.S.

How to Recognize Lies, Hoaxes, and B.S.

I have tried mightily to keep this blog clean of all cursing, but I seem to be fighting a losing battle. (I still draw the line at the F word, however, unless it is absolutely necessary and relevant.) But now we have the BadAss Teachers, and they do a valiant job of standing up for […]

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Everyone You Ever Wanted to Know About Donald Trump But Were Afraid to Ask

Everyone You Ever Wanted to Know About Donald Trump But Were Afraid to Ask

Sidney Blumenthal, an advisor in the Clinton administration, wrote a brilliant and well-resourced article for the London Review of Books about the history of the Trump family and about the personal anxieties of Donald Trump, as expressed in his own words. His statements are documented. It may be the best, most comprehensive article you will […]

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When Accountability is Both Unaccountable and Meaningless

When Accountability is Both Unaccountable and Meaningless

Blogger Stonepooch.com explains why high-stakes tests do not provide accountability and undermine the very purpose of education. After a bit of digging, I learned that said blogger has been teaching middle school English for 30 years in public and private schools. Here is an excerpt: If you don’t count undeserving people in high places or […]

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Pennsylvania: John Eichelberger is Public Enemy #1 of Public Schools and Chair of the Senate Education Committee

Pennsylvania: John Eichelberger is Public Enemy #1 of Public Schools and Chair of the Senate Education Committee

Peter Greene describes the leading foe of public education and teachers in Pennsylvania. He is John Eichelberger. He is chair of the Senate Education Committee. Everything he proposes is toxic to public schools. “In 2011, when Betsy and Richard DeVos were looking to finance a push for vouchers in Pennsylvania, Eichelberger was just the man […]

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Florida: How Charter Schools Are Used to Hide Dropouts and Game the System

Florida: How Charter Schools Are Used to Hide Dropouts and Game the System

Heather Vogell and Hannah Fresques published an important piece of investigative journalism that appears in ProPublica and USA Today about a new twist on the charter scamming in Florida. The scam is the result of Jeb Bush’s high-stakes accountability system, which incentivizes schools to get rid of low-performing students in order to maintain their letter […]

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BREAKING NEWS! Trump Opposes Anti-Semitism

BREAKING NEWS! Trump Opposes Anti-Semitism

Today, while visiting the African American Museum in D.C., Trump said he thinks that anti-Semitism is “horrible.” This was in response to an alarming rise in threats directed at Jewish community centers across the nation and to vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, where headstones were overturned. Trump said he speaks out against […]

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For-Profit “Universities” Set to Cash in During Trump Era

For-Profit “Universities” Set to Cash in During Trump Era

During the Obama years, it appeared that the federal government was going to start cracking down on the for-profit “higher education” industry, which typically gets horrible results and loads students with debt. (As I have reported in the past, former officials of the Obama Department of Education bought control of one of the nation’s largest […]

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Texas: Pastors Leading the Fight Against Vouchers!

Texas: Pastors Leading the Fight Against Vouchers!

There is a wonderful organization in Texas called Pastors for Texas Children, led by the indefatigable Pastor Charles Foster Johnson of Fort Worth. Their members span the state, and they have worked with public schools and parents to oppose vouchers, which would destroy many communities and defund their community’s public schools. Pastor Johnson recently sent […]

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New Study: Michigan Test Score Gains are Lowest in the Nation

New Study: Michigan Test Score Gains are Lowest in the Nation

Will Betsy DeVos do to the nation what she has done to Michigan? A new study by Professor Brian Jacob of the University of Michigan demonstrates that Michigan’s gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress were the lowest in the nation. Now we know why DeVos was unable to explain the difference between “growth” […]

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Gene V. Glass: The Department of Education’s “Gold Standard” Produces “Fool’s Gold”

Gene V. Glass: The Department of Education’s “Gold Standard” Produces “Fool’s Gold”

Gene V. Glass is one of our nation’s most distinguished education researchers. This post is an important analysis of the failure of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, which was reorganized during the George W. Bush administration. As a new administration moves into the US Department of Education, the opportunity arises to […]

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The Guardian: “What Would Jesus Do?”

The Guardian: “What Would Jesus Do?”

Now that we are enmeshed in a federal government run by so-called evangelicals, it seems appropriate to hear another interpretation of the phrase “What would Jesus do?” Here it is in the Guardian, by Stephen W. Thrasher. This is not a time to “be nice,” he writes. He begins like this: As a social justice […]

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ALERT! GOP Congress Launches First Effort to Undermine Public SCHOOLS!

ALERT! GOP Congress Launches First Effort to Undermine Public SCHOOLS!

Republicans in The House of Representatives have proposed legislation that would require states to adopt vouchers or lose their federal funding. This is an outrage! This is step one of the Trump-DeVos agenda to force vouchers and charters on states that do not want them. This is a blatant misuse of federal power to coerce […]

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Ken Previti: #FakePresidentsDay 2017

Ken Previti: #FakePresidentsDay 2017

Ken Previti proclaimed that today was #FakePresidentsDay 2017. He was not alone. There were demonstrations in many cities and communities, whose theme was “Not My President.” Republican Town Hall meetings were thronged with angry people. For years, I have heard many people under the age of 50 complain regretfully that they were not around to […]

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John Oliver on Trump on the Outrage in Sweden!

John Oliver on Trump on the Outrage in Sweden!

Trump has started holding 2020 campaign rallies. (He filed for his re-election campaign in 2020 on Inauguration Day.) His first was in Florida. Like every demagogue, he needs to get out there in front of the cheering mobs and restate his love for them and hear them holler their love for him. So much more […]

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FIGHT PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

FIGHT PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

Thank you, Betsy Deavos, for awakening the parents, teachers, and other concerned citizens about the risk of privatizing our public schools and handing them over to entrepreneurs and religious institutions. We will fight you. We will stand together against your schemes and malevolent dreams. The public paid for our schools, and you can’t take them […]

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