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September 15, 2009 | Boston Globe

Critical thinking? You need knowledge

THE LATEST fad to sweep K-12 education is called “21st-Century Skills...

September 9, 2009 | Daily News (NY)

Bloomberg's bogus school report cards destroy real progress

The latest school grades released by the city's Education Department are bogus...

August 13, 2009 | New York Post

Toughen the Tests

DAVID Steiner, our new state commissioner of education, has a golden opportunity to restore New York's reputation as a national leader in education...

August 11, 2009 | Los Angeles Times

Charter and private schools might not make the grade either

The board of the Los Angeles Unified School District is opening 50 schools over the next few years and considering a proposal to allow some or all to be privately managed...

June 10, 2009 | Education Week

Time to Kill ‘No Child Left Behind’

The latest release of scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress provides no evidence for the effectiveness of the federal No Child Left Behind Act...

April 9, 2009 | New York Times

Mayor Bloomberg’s Crib Sheet

ARNE DUNCAN, the secretary of education, has urged the nation’s mayors to take control of their public schools so that they can impose radical reforms...

February 17, 2009 | Forbes

Are Hollywood And The Internet Killing Reading?

Nearly five years ago, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) issued an alarming report called "Reading at Risk," which declared that literary reading was in dramatic decline...

January 29, 2009 | Daily News (NY)

How Caroline Kennedy can best serve the people of New York

Over the past several weeks, New Yorkers have been re-introduced to Caroline Kennedy...

January 18, 2009 | Daily News (NY)

New school flunks unity test: Hebrew-language charter should not have been approved

I am deeply impressed by the philanthropy of financial whiz Michael Steinhardt, but totally baffled by the decision of the New York State Board of Regents to approve his proposal to open a publicly funded Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Brooklyn...

January 5, 2009 | Forbes

Clairborne Pell's Legacy

Former Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island left quite a legacy when he died on Jan. 1 at the age of 90...

December 27, 2008 | Forbes

Britain's Language Police

Five years ago, I published The Language Police, to warn about the ways in which political correctness was imposing blatant censorship on textbooks and tests...

December 11, 2008 | Forbes

American Children Left Behind

The 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) was released on Tuesday, and it contained both good news and bad news for the U.S...

December 2, 2008 | Forbes

Why Lou Gerstner Is Wrong

Louis V. Gerstner Jr. has some daring ideas about how to change American education...

November 19, 2008 | Forbes

Bill Gates And His Silver Bullet

Back in 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had a big idea about how to fix the problems of American education...

November 10, 2008 | Forbes

The Obama Education Agenda

During the campaign, Barack Obama pledged that, if elected, he would make "a truly historic commitment to education."...

October 17, 2008 | Forbes

We Shouldn't Pay Kids To Learn

In India, students compete for admission into cram schools, where they study intensively in order to compete for admission into India's highly regarded technology colleges...

September 1, 2008 | New York Post

RIGHT ON READING

LAST week, Schools Chancel lor Joel Klein announced the start of a pilot program that will introduce a new way to teach reading to children in kindergarten, first grade and second grade in 10 low-performing schools...

May 5, 2008 | Gotham Gazette

The Delusion of Accountability

In the six years since Mayor Michael Bloomberg won control of the city's public schools, installed Joel Klein as chancellor and instituted sweeping changes, teachers, parents and other New Yorkers have differed sharply over the city's education policies and their effects on more than one million students...

March 3, 2008 | History News Network

What Students Don't Know About History: The Latest Findings

For most people, the popular culture is far more influential via movies, television, the Internet, radio, and other forms of mass media than what is taught in school...

December 17, 2007 | New York Sun

A Flawed Reform

The New York City Department of Education has embarked on a perilous new path in its efforts to raise test scores...

November 1, 2007 | New York Post

An Unfair Attack

I have been writing about schooling for 40 years, but have never experienced an attack as intemperate as the one by Kathryn Wylde ("Hypocritical Critic", PostOpinion, Oct. 30)...

October 24, 2007 | Daily News

Teachers give Bloomberg & Co. a meritorious education

The teachers union just outsmarted the Smartest Guys in Education...

October 3, 2007 | New York Times

Get Congress Out of the Classroom

Despite the rosy claims of the Bush administration, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 is fundamentally flawed...

September 28, 2007 | City Journal

New York State Test Scores: Who to Believe?

The release of national test scores in reading and math on September 25 was an embarrassment for the New York State Education Department...

August 8, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

Senior Fellows Diane Ravitch & Chester Finn: Not By Geeks Alone

In a globalizing economy, America's competitive edge depends in large measure on how well our schools prepare tomorrow's workforce...

August 1, 2007 | New York Sun

Parents' Job II

Several weeks ago, I wrote an article in the Sun titled "Don't Blame the Teachers..."

July 11, 2007 | Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

Beyond the Basics: Achieving a Liberal Education for All Children

History offers many explanations for why people should acquire a broad, liberal-arts education...

June 14, 2007 | New York Sun

Don't Blame the Teachers

Recently, I attended yet another one of those conferences where leaders of American industry, commerce, and government get together to decide what to do about our schools...

May 25, 2007 | New York Sun

First, Get the Knowledge

Who was the greatest American president?

May 14, 2007 | Daily News

Arabic school fails the test

The New York City Education Department has announced plans to create a public school in Brooklyn called the Khalil Gibran International Academy, devoted solely to Arabic culture and language...

March 25, 2007 | Huffington Post

The Future of NCLB

The federal education law called No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is due to be renewed this year, but political insiders in Washington predict that Congress will not take action until after the next Presidential election in 2008...

March 5, 2007 | Education Week

Bridging Differences

Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch have found themselves at odds on policy over the years, but they share a passion for improving schools...

January 17, 2007 | Education Week

‘Tough Choices’: Radical Ideas, Misguided Assumptions

There is a line between visionary thinking and pie-in-the-sky theorizing...

December 15, 2006 | New York Sun

The English in Us

In this Christmas season, many of us will sing "Joy to the World" without knowing that it is a hymn written by the English preacher Isaac Watts, and several days later, we will follow it up with "Auld Lang Syne," an old Scottish song that was rewritten by the poet Robert Burns...

November 21, 2006 | New York Sun

The Challenge in Science

This week, many families will take advantage of the holiday to take their children to the Rose Science Center at the American Museum of Natural History, to the Hall of Science in Queens, or to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City...

October 2, 2006 | Charlotte Observer

Needed: national standards

When the next presidential campaign heats up, and it may already have started, we can expect that education reform will be a hot topic...

October 1, 2006 | Washington Post

The Education Issue

There should be efforts to very actively recruit middle-class people into neighborhood schools and make sure these really are schools that prepare kids for college...

July 30, 2006 | Los Angeles Times

Bill Gates, the Nation's Superintendent of Schools

Warren Buffett's gift of $31 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will double the foundation's assets, bringing it to more than $60 billion, and will increase its annual giving to nearly $3 billion…

May 24, 2006 | Education Week

Bridging Differences

In the course of the last 30 years, the two of us have been at odds on any number of issues—on our judgments about progressive education, on the relative importance of curriculum content (what students are taught) vs. habits of mind (how students come to know what they are taught), and most recently in our views of the risks involved in nationalizing aspects of education policy…

October 5, 2005

Textbooks in the Middle East

When governments take responsibility for publishing school textbooks, such books invariably reflect what the leaders of that society want children to believe. Nowhere is this issue more crucial than in the Middle East, where national and religious passions are a constant threat to world peace.

August 10, 2005

Good News in U.S. Education

In a test given regularly by this federal agency since the early 1970s, nine-year-old students earned the highest scores ever in both reading and mathematics.

March 2, 2005

The Burden of Law

schools today are being strangled by a ton of laws, regulations, contracts, mandates, and rules.

August 18, 2003

What Harry Potter Can Teach the Textbook Industry

What does Harry Potter have that the textbooks don't?

April 28, 2003

A Nation at Risk: Twenty Years Later

A Nation at Risk proved to be an antidote to many of the pedagogical fads of the 1960s such as classrooms without walls, fluffy electives, and watered-down curricula

January 20, 2003

Time to Reform Head Start

After nearly forty years and many billions of dollars, Head Start children still begin kindergarten far behind children from middle-class homes on measures of school readiness.

August 12, 2002

A Visit To a Core Knowledge School

The Core Knowledge curriculum, developed by E.D. Hirsch of the University of Virginia, works on the simple principle that knowledge is powerful.

February 25, 2002

How to Undermine the High School Diploma

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently indicated that a high school diploma is not especially important.

January 28, 2002

School Reform: Stay the Course

The state bet that students could meet high expectations, and it backed up its bet with serious new funding and excellent tests.

October 29, 2001

Were the Hijackers Registered to Vote?

To protect the sanctity of the franchise, potential voters should be required to present proof of citizenship when they register and proof of identity when they vote.

May 14, 2001

The Nation’s Report Card in Peril

Unfortunately, Congress is about to act on legislation that could jeopardize the entire NAEP program.

February 26, 2001

The Backlash against the Backlash

The major media warned of a movement growing among parents and educators to curtail testing for promotion or graduation.

January 15, 2001

Dumbing Down the Public: Why It Matters

Is it the candidates who have dumbed down their appeals or are they simply acknowledging that the public has a limited vocabulary?

September 25, 2000

The Knowledge Deficit

The early results suggest that the Regents' tests have become easier.

Blogs

September 29, 2009 | Education Week

Tests Have Value, But Testing is Being Misused

I am glad to see that you are trying to draw us back to the issues where we have genuine differences!...

September 22, 2009 | Education Week

The NCLB Paradox Enters the Twilight Zone

Over the past week, you and I have each weighed in on the defects of testing...

September 15, 2009 | Education Week

The Secret of Success and High Test Scores

I will have to delay a bit before I can get to the book you recommended...

September 9, 2009 | Education Week

The Start of an Interesting and Dangerous School Year

School is open, and it is time to talk!...

Interviews

August 28, 2009 | Public Radio International

The education reform debate

The public school system was established as a crucial part of our nation's democracy -- whether rich or poor, American children are granted the same opportunity to learn and succeed, making public education the great equalizer...

Other Media

August 4, 2009 | Learning Matters

Privatization Will Not Help Us Achieve Our Goals: An Interview with Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is a prominent historian of education, the author of a dozen books including Edspeak: A Glossary of Education Terms, Phrases, Buzzwords and Jargon (2007), The Language Police (2003) and Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reforms (2000)...

July 20, 2009 | National Journal

Why Are We Lying To Children?

No Child Left Behind created a perfect storm of lying and fraud, all of it completely legitimate...

July 7, 2009 | Education Week

Those Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer

We have had fun these past couple of years exploring our differences and our agreements...

June 30, 2009 | Education Week

A Worthy Proposal for State Inspection Teams

The current effort to develop national standards in English and math is something to which we will surely pay close attention...

June 18, 2009 | Education Week

The Data Game

Ah, data. A new study from the Center on Education Policy finds that state tests scores have been rising steadily since the passage of NCLB...

June 16, 2009 | Education Week

The Obama Agenda is the GOP Agenda

If you recall, I took some heat from readers when I said some while back that the Obama administration was adopting the same policies as the Bush administration and that Arne Duncan sounds amazingly like Margaret Spellings on issues like accountability and choice...

June 9, 2009 | Education Week

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

I enjoyed seeing you honored as a hero of education by FairTest last week, which established an annual award named for you...

June 2, 2009 | Education Week

Is School Choice the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time?

You say that schools are now, for “the second time…at the center of the civil rights movement.”...

May 26, 2009 | Education Week

Why Education is Not the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

I was glad to read your comments on the faux-Education Equality Project (EEP), now headed by New York City’s Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and the Reverend Al Sharpton, with the assistance of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich...

May 19, 2009 | Education Week

Data-Driven Nonsense

You seem to believe that I was chastising "the poor" for their lack of manners...

May 12, 2009 | Education Week

What 'The Harlem Miracle' Really Teaches

The columnists at The New York Times are deeply engaged in school reform these days...

May 5, 2009 | Education Week

What NAEP Long-Term Trend Scores Tell Us About NCLB

I watched with some amusement as the media tried to figure out how to report the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)...

April 28, 2009 | Education Week

Can Better Teachers Close the Achievement Gap?

A new report by McKinsey & Co., the management consultants, came out last week, and it is worthy of our attention...

April 21, 2009 | Education Week

What's Wrong With Merit Pay

Over time we have developed a very solid and smart community of readers who like to argue with us and with each other...

April 14, 2009 | Education Week

The School Reform Miracle That Wasn't

We in New York City were treated to an amazing show in early April...

March 31, 2009 | Education Week

President Obama's Manufactured Crisis Speech

I want to go back and discuss President Obama’s big speech on education...

March 24, 2009 | Education Week

Will Public Education Survive the Embrace of Big Money?

My guess is that we will have a long time, not months, but years, to discuss national standards and a national curriculum...

March 17, 2009 | Education Week

President Obama’s Agenda

I will get back to you on another day about the strengths and dangers of a national curriculum...

March 10, 2009 | Education Week

21st-Century Skills, Accountability, and Curriculum

Last week, I attended three different conferences in Washington, D.C....

March 3, 2009 | Education Week

What About 21st Century Skills?

Since you brought up the subject of “21st Century skills,” it seemed like an opportune time to talk a bit about this subject...

February 24, 2009 | Education Week

Is Arne Duncan Really Margaret Spellings in Drag?

I have been watching and listening to our new secretary of education, trying to understand his views on the most important issues facing our schools and the nation's children...

February 17, 2009 | Education Week

The Miracle Teacher, Revisited

I was about to move on to a new topic but on Sunday read a column in The New York Times by Nicholas Kristof titled "Our Greatest National Shame."...

February 10, 2009 | Education Week

Why Are People So Gullible About Miracle Cures in Education?

Teacher-bashing has become the motif of the day...

February 3, 2009 | Education Week

Unions Are Not the Problem

I well remember when we first met...

January 27, 2009 | Education Week

How Slash-and-Burn Promotes Unionism

We got some good comments from readers who went to the trouble of reading the U.S. Department of Education document on how to turn around chronically low-performing schools...

January 21, 2009 | Education Week

What Do We Know About Improving Schools?

You are undoubtedly right that what we have been calling “reform” is not producing better educated young people...

January 13, 2009 | Education Week

A Good Word or Two About Schools

I acknowledge that I have been influenced in my thinking by my frequent exchanges with you...

January 6, 2009 | Education Week

Colleges & Remedial Education

Happy New Year to you and to our readers. 2009 is shaping up to be an important year for American education...

December 16, 2008 | Education Week

Who Are the Real Reformers?

Now we know that President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Arne Duncan as his secretary of education...

December 9, 2008 | Education Week

Is Democratic Governance the Problem?

You quote John Goodlad, who asks “Whatever became of the idea that representative democracy is the essential starting point for public education?”...

December 2, 2008 | Education Week

What Do We Mean by Accountability?

I wish, as you suggested, that we could have some influence on the national debate...

November 25, 2008 | Education Week

Good Intentions, Ignorant Elites, and Scoundrels

We live in a dangerous and dark time for schools...

November 18, 2008 | Education Week

Why the Secretary of Education Matters More Now Than Ever

Back in the old days (i.e., pre-NCLB), it really didn't matter to teachers, principals, and superintendents—that is, the people who actually work directly in schools and have daily interaction with children—who was Secretary of Education...

November 10, 2008 | Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)

“I am for Governor Hunt”

Out there in the world of big media, the speculation is centering on who will land the big jobs at State, Defense, and the Treasury...

November 11, 2008 | Education Week

A Few Reflections on the Elections

I have the advantage of writing you after the election...

November 4, 2008 | Education Week

Descending Into the Pits of Rote Learning

You and I have advocated for different approaches over the years, though they are not contradictory...

October 28, 2008 | Education Week

After the Election, What Will Happen to NCLB?

As this election nears a close, it is sad to note that very little has been said about education...

October 21, 2008 | Education Week

What Can Educators Learn from Business?

I loved your last column...

October 15, 2008 | Education Week

The Ayers Petition

I expect we will both watch the last presidential debate...

October 14, 2008 | Education Week

Should We Risk a Free Market in Education?

Over the time that we have been blogging, we have found many issues on which we disagree—mostly having to do with externally set curriculum, standards, and tests—and many on which we agree—mostly having to do with autocratic school leadership and efforts to force a business model on the schools...

October 7, 2008 | Education Week

National Standards and the Moment

When Gov. Roy Romer spoke of national standards at our recent debate, I believe he was suggesting the development of national standards and testing on a voluntary basis, starting with about 15 governors working together to derive a common program...

September 30, 2008 | Education Week

The Business Model and Its Discontents

You were a great partner in our debate last week in Washington, where the two of us—accustomed to differing—sparred with former governor of Colorado Roy Romer (who now chairs the group ED in ’08) and Jon Schnur (the founder of New Leaders for New Schools)...

September 23, 2008 | Education Week

The Dumbing Down of 'Accountability'

I heard from a friend who attended the New York state Senate hearing where you testified...

September 16, 2008 | Education Week

The New Conventional Wisdom?

You raise important questions about the role of trust and community in schooling...

September 9, 2008 | Education Week

The Politics of Education Are Changing

I read your “advice to the next president” with interest...

September 2, 2008 | Education Week

This Strange New Era of "Reform"

Welcome back from vacation...

July 29, 2008 | Education Week

(Almost) Time for Our Summer Break

Time for our summer break...

July 22, 2008 | Education Week

Questions for Deborah

I am still somewhat unsure about the difference between your small schools and the small schools created by various school districts, or your small schools and the charter schools that are popping up in many districts...

July 15, 2008 | Education Week

Questions From the Past

Sometimes, like you, I start feeling down about the direction of our world today...

July 8, 2008 | Education Week

Summerhill & I

You and I do travel in different circles!...

July 2, 2008 | Education Week

Birthday Thoughts

Well, we have been blogging for more than a year now, and there was bound to be a screw-up sooner or later...

June 24, 2008 | Education Week

Reports, Reform, and Hype

I can’t believe that we are debating the message of A Nation at Risk in 2008, a quarter century after it appeared!...

June 23, 2008 | Core Knowledge (Blog)

The Sharpton-Klein Education Reform Agenda

I have been a supporter of Core Knowledge from its beginning...

June 17, 2008 | Education Week

Is More Testing the New Civil Rights Agenda?

To answer your question, “How come, since there are more teachers than policymakers,” the policymakers get to run the show?...

June 10, 2008 | Education Week

If You Can't Measure Joy and Wonder, What Good Are They?

On Sunday morning, as I was pondering my reply to your last blog about “making sense of our differences,” I picked up The New York Times and read a shocking story...

June 4, 2008 | Education Week

What Good are Tests?

Tests inevitably gauge a student’s fund of knowledge and experience, not just what was taught in school...

May 27, 2008 | Education Week

Right Answers, Wrong Answers

I didn’t suggest that “good medical care” was “test-prepping.”...

May 20, 2008 | Education Week

IQ Testing in Historical Perspective

When I first read Murray and Herrnstein’s "The Bell Curve," I was unpersuaded...

May 13, 2008 | Education Week

Courtesy, Curriculum, and a New Topic

I want to be first in line to shout "hosanna" to your call for courtesy...

May 6, 2008 | Education Week

What Finland's Example Proves

Time to disagree...

April 29, 2008 | Education Week

Is Finland the Answer?

As you know, Americans have a long history of looking to other countries for answers to our educational problems...

April 28, 2008 | Common Core

A Nation at Risk: Worth Reading Again

April 2008 marks the 25th anniversary of “A Nation at Risk,” the report on the condition of American education that continues to be controversial to this day...

April 22, 2008 | Education Week

What Should Happen in Our Houses of Learning?

Well, we do disagree about what should happen in “our houses of learning.”...

April 15, 2008 | Education Week

Our Overarching Disagreements

Maybe I should not have thrown George Counts’ famous challenge into the mix...

April 8, 2008 | Education Week

Dare the Schools Build a New Social Order?

We do agree: Violence is not the essential reason that schools are unsuccessful. We agree that violence is not caused by schools, and that in every community the schools are the safest environment that students are likely to encounter...

April 1, 2008 | Education Week

What About Students Who Don't Want to be Students?

I was just sitting down to reply to your post and thought I would first scan my email...

March 25, 2008 | Education Week

Bridging Differences: When Schools are Scary

Since I don’t imagine that any state or school district plans to roll back its school attendance requirements—no more than you intended your bored student to leave school and go home—I am not going to debate whether school is or is not a scary place for most kids....

March 18, 2008 | Education Week

Who's Failing Whom?

I must say that I do not see mandatory schooling as incarceration, and I suspect that you really don’t see it that way either...

March 11, 2008 | Education Week

We Took Our Show on the Road

So we took our show on the road for the first time!

March 4, 2008 | Education Week

Can Policymakers Incentivize Great Teachers with $$$?

I am happy to join with you in adopting a bridging motto of “Neither guide on the side nor sage on the stage..."

February 26, 2008 | Education Week

Does Curriculum Constrain Teachers?

Words are slippery things...

February 12, 2008 | Education Week

What We Can Learn from the International Assessments

think a few words are in order about the AIR study of TIMSS and PISA. ..

February 5, 2008 | Education Week

If At First You Don't Succeed...

I have read the reports of the international assessments over the years and think it would be foolhardy to dismiss them out of hand...

January 29, 2008 | Education Week

Cash for Scores

In the past, say, a century or so ago, school reformers used "democracy" as the magic word...

January 15, 2008 | Education Week

The Underlying Issues

Your description of CPESS and other Coalition schools sounds like a memory from a distant past...

January 8, 2008 | Education Week

Grading Schools

Let's talk about grading schools and about when it is appropriate to close schools...

December 18, 2007 | Education Week

Standards are Within Our Reach

I don't agree with your judgment—and the judgment of some (but not all) of our readers—about whether it is feasible to craft useful standards...

December 11, 2007 | Education Week

The Value of Standards

I don’t understand why you are so certain that any state or national standards are beyond consensus, or that they will be entirely arbitrary...

December 5, 2007 | Huffington Post

Is U.S. Education Better Than Ever?

In a recent item on Huffington Post, Gerald Bracey claimed that I should atone for having "suppressed" the Sandia report in 1991...

December 4, 2007 | Education Week

The Grand Illusion of Proficiency

As usual, you raise lots of interesting questions and you sharpen our clear differences...

November 28, 2007 | Education Week

National Tests Keep the Districts Honest

I note with pleasure that The New York Times endorsed (again) the principle of national testing...

November 21, 2007 | Education Week

Ravitch Reports: Dems Don't Want Big Changes to NCLB

Toward the end of her latest entry on the Building Bridges blog, Diane Ravitch reports on her inside knowledge about how much Democrats want to change NCLB...

November 14, 2007 | Education Week

Addendum to NYC Grades Entry

I must add two points to my blog about the letter grades handed out to New York City public schools last week...

November 6, 2007 | Education Week

Scare Tactics in NYC

What a week this has been!

November 4, 2007 | NYC Public School Parents

Diane Ravitch poses a question about the new school grades

A question for everyone to think about...

October 30, 2007 | Education Week

This Is Not Good Education

There are times when I feel that we are on the same wavelength, and times when I know we are not...

October 23, 2007 | Education Week

What Did the NAEP Scores Mean?

Welcome home from Russia!

October 16, 2007 | Education Week

Democracy Rests on Disagreements

I agree with you about the uncertainty involved in medicine...

October 9, 2007 | Education Week

The Regulated Lives of Teachers

No, I don't think the dilemmas you describe are as omnipresent in all of life's vocations as they are in teaching...

October 2, 2007 | Education Week

In Defense of Judgment

It's no big surprise that "standards" involve judgments...

September 25, 2007 | Education Week

Why We Need National Testing

You make some good points about the distinction between norm-referenced tests and criterion-referenced tests, but I disagree with your characterization of the latter...

September 17, 2007 | Education Week

The Proper Goal of Schooling

I don’t think you should worry at all about annoying those “with more power” than you...

September 11, 2007 | Education Week

Reconsidering My Views

I hope we are not disappointing our readers by agreeing more than we disagree...

September 4, 2007 | Huffington Post

The Unprinted Letter about Changes in U.S. Education

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times printed an adulatory interview of Sir Michael Barber about what needs to happen in American education...

September 5, 2007 | Education Week

Back to School with Trepidation

Dear Deb, Yup, back-to-school time...

August 23, 2007 | Huffington Post

Can This Dog Be Saved?

If you love animals as I do, read on...

August 7, 2007 | Huffington Post

Innovative Approach to Censorship

Imagine this scenario...

July 15, 2007 | NPR

The English Reader

On this episode of Arts Scene, Diane Ravitch talks about her latest book, The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know...

July 24, 2007 | Education Week

Clashing data

Your discussion of knowledge and trust sounds right to me...

July 1, 2007 | American

Question & Answer: The Truth About America's Schools

Is K–12 education really lagging badly, or have we ‘raised our sights’?

July 16, 2007 | Education Week

The small-school hype

I like small schools, but I also like middle-size schools...

June 22, 2007 | Education Week

Substituting Pay for Passion

Apparently your trip to China has in no way dimmed your energy or your imagination...

June 26, 2007 | Huffington Post

Bong Hits 4 Jesus Was About More than Free Speech

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled narrowly in favor of the school in Alaska that suspended a student for holding up a banner that said "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" at a school-sponsored event...

June 22, 2007 | Huffington Post

Bloomberg's Misguided Pay-the-Student Plan

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Department of Education has just approved a plan to pay poor kids to get higher test scores...

June 11, 2007 | Education Week

The Chinese work ethic and other news

I hope you had a wonderful trip to China and that you are not too wiped out...

May 28, 2007 | Huffington Post

What's So Great About Chinese Education?

Nicholas Kristof, writing from China, expresses his admiration for Chinese education in a column in the New York Times ("The Educated Giant")...

May 23, 2007 | Education Week

We won't agree on curriculum

No, we are not going to agree...

May 18, 2007 | Education Week

What kind of testing is best?

You will not be surprised to learn that I agree with you about the value of a road test for licensing future drivers...

May 18, 2007 | Huffington Post

What Do Students Know about History?

American students do worse on national tests of American history than any other subject....

May 9, 2007 | Education Week

Should Data Matter?

As you know, Mark Twain (or Disraeli or someone) once wrote that there are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics...

May 3, 2007 | Huffington Post

How School Testing Got Corrupted

Ask almost any teacher or principal, and they will tell you that testing has gotten out of hand...

May 1, 2007 | Huffington Post

How To Fix the Public Schools

It is really truly hard to keep track of all the studies and reports that appear on what seems to be a daily basis about how to fix the public schools...

April 30, 2007 | Education Week

Bridging Differences: Why History Matters

It is valuable to reconsider the history of progressive education not just as an arcane matter, but to see how good ideas go astray...

April 16, 2007 | Education Week

Great minds (if there are such) also differ

Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch have found themselves at odds on policy over the years, but they share a passion for improving schools...

April 8, 2007 | NYC Public School Parents

Looking at NYC Achievement Data

Last week, New York City was again listed as a finalist for the Broad Prize, which recognizes the most improved big-city school district...

March 23, 2007 | NYC Public School Parents

Diane Ravitch Responds to the NY Post

The New York Post ran an editorial yesterday (March 21) called "Potemkin Protesters," claiming that parent opposition to the city's latest reorganization plan has been manufactured by the UFT and "the far-left Working Families Party" so as to "derail school reform..."

February 22, 2007 | Education World

Why Teachers' Unions Are Needed

The growing number of mandates and non-educators enforcing them make teachers' unions more critical than ever, according to professor Diane Ravitch...

January 18, 2007 | Education Week

Reconsidering National Standards, Curricula, and Tests: A Talk With Diane Ravitch

Good afternoon and welcome to the second in a series of online chats following the release of this year's Quality Counts report, "Quality Counts at 10: A Decade of Standards-Based Education..."

May 24, 2006 | Education Week

Bridging Differences

In the course of the last 30 years, the two of us have been at odds on any number of issues—on our judgments about progressive education, on the relative importance of curriculum content (what students are taught) vs. habits of mind (how students come to know what they are taught), and most recently in our views of the risks involved in nationalizing aspects of education policy...