Dianne Ravitch on Whose Children Have Been ‘Left Behind’ by US Education Reforms

A Nation’s Education Left Behind

“We now know that none of the current carrot-and-stick policies will shrink the [achievement] gap. We know it because they have been tried for 10 years and they haven’t worked. Structural changes like charters and vouchers overall will not make a difference. Merit pay makes no difference. Judging teachers by test scores demoralizes teachers and will lead to narrowing of the curriculum—so that the districts where children have the lowest scores will have more time for test preparation and less time for the arts, less time for history or civics, less time for science, less time for physical education. The children who need a great education the most will get the least.

And many more children will be left behind.”

Read more: http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2011/12/diane-ravitch-december-9-2011.html

 

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