Dr. Ravitch on the Complexities of Schooling
I think Diane Ravitch is one of the most important educators and policy makers of our time. Her book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education is a must-read for administrators and policy makers. She was on President Obama’s short list for Secretary of Education. In this five minute video, she helps us understand the complex social and political dynamics affecting effective teaching and learning.
Today’s discussions on education are about the business model vs. the social service model, merit-pay, testing, rigor, etc. Let’s step back and truly understand what our educational goals are in the United States. Let’s deepen our understanding of teaching and learning. How do students think and acquire knowledge? How can society support the successful learning of all students? How can we develop educators who have a passion for their craft and an understanding of their students? How can each of us take responsibility for the greatest assets we have- our children!
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