Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ravitch Backs Down

No, not our governor-in-waiting; rather, his ex-wife, arguably the most powerful voice in education over the past 30 years. She was an important advocate of school choice and testing; now, she's throwing out everything she's espoused for the last few decades and starting over.
Charter schools, she concluded, were proving to be no better on average than regular schools, but in many cities were bleeding resources from the public system. Testing had become not just a way to measure student learning, but an end in itself.
This is very good news, because people listen to her. And her new research focus on why schools in Japan and Finland work is a positive step.

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