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Diane Ravitch. Diane Silvers Ravitch (born July 1, 1938) is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Diane Ravitch

Previously, she was a U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education. Career[edit] Ravitch began her career as an editorial assistant at the New Leader magazine, a small journal devoted to democratic ideas. In 1975, she became a historian of education with a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She was appointed to public office by Presidents George H. She participated in a "blog debate" called "Bridging Differences" with Steinhardt School colleague Deborah Meier on the website of Education Week from February 26, 2007 until September 2012.[6][7] She now has her own blog, Diane Ravitch's Blog.[8] Writings and statements on education[edit] Ravitch's writings on racial and cultural diversity were summarized by sociologist Vincent N.

Personal life[edit] Memberships[edit] Published works[edit] How Does Rhee Sleep at Night? The latest report on Michelle Rhee shows her collecting millions of dollars from Wall Street financiers, assorted billionaires, and mega-foundations, all to redesign American education as she sees fit.,0,7834441.story She has become a convenient vessel for the most rightwing governors who want to dismantle public education and reduce the teaching profession to at-will employees.

How Does Rhee Sleep at Night?

How can she sleep at night knowing that through her efforts, millions of teachers will live in fear and insecurity, knowing that their job depends on their students’ scores on lousy tests? That’s quite a legacy. How can she sleep at night, knowing that she is promoting for-profit entrepreneurs whose first interest is profit, not children? What exactly is her credibility for redesigning American education? Her IMPACT program is discredited by the day. We have not heard the last of the massive cheating scandal that occurred on her watch. Diane. NYbooks: The Two Faces of American Education by Andrew Delbanco. Diane Ravitch and Michelle Rhee; drawing by James Ferguson In 1898, the Boston writer and editor Thomas Wentworth Higginson published a memoir entitled Cheerful Yesterdays.

NYbooks: The Two Faces of American Education by Andrew Delbanco

One of the memories that cheered him was of lying before the hearth while his mother read aloud. As for “the children of to-day who have no such privilege,” he wrote, one must regard them with “pity.” Here we have the keynote of much that has been written about education before and since: praise for a bygone age when children were well served by their elders, and pity for the ill-served children of today.

When Higginson was a child, public or “common” schools were just emerging, so education remained largely the province of families and churches. If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. The public face of that movement is Michelle Rhee. This should not have been surprising. Geoffrey Canada. Geoffrey Canada (born January 13, 1952) is an American social activist and educator.

Geoffrey Canada

Since 1990, Canada has been president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone in Harlem, New York, an organization which states its goal is to increase high school and college graduation rates among students in Harlem.[1] Canada serves as the Chairman of Children's Defense Fund's Board of Directors.[2]He was a member of the Board of Directors of The After-School Corporation, a nonprofit organization that aims to expand educational opportunities for all students. Early life and education[edit] Role with the Harlem Children's Zone[edit] Harlem Children's Zone and Promise Academy Starting as president in 1990, Canada began working with the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families which evolved into the Harlem Children's Zone.

The Harlem Children's Zone was profiled in 2004 in a story by Paul Tough in the New York Times Magazine, which described it as "one of the biggest social experiments of our time. CNN: U.S. public education: A race to the bottom? Analyzing President Obama’s Education Interview with NBC. Yesterday I posted an interview in which President Obama expressed his views about education.

Analyzing President Obama’s Education Interview with NBC

I wanted you to read it in its entirety without my comments. Here are my comments. First, the President acknowledged that he was not a very good student when he was in school. He said that he was “mediocre.” Several readers have asked: Does the President think that his teachers should have been fired because he didn’t try? Second, the President lauded the idea of merit pay, paying teachers more if the test scores of their students go up (and firing them if they don’t).

Third, the President said that teachers in Denver are very happy to be paid more for performance. Fourth, the President referred to class size. Fifth, the President lauded his administration’s Race to the Top as he talked about “results,” but he seems unaware that it has no evidence to show that it will produce results. Sixth, the President says he really likes charter schools.

I could go on, but you get the idea. Like this: Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Astroturf Billionaires. “Poverty Is the Problem”: Efforts to Cut Education Funding, Expand Standardized Testing Assailed. JUAN GONZALEZ: As children across the nation head back to school, we turn now to a number of recent developments in education news.

“Poverty Is the Problem”: Efforts to Cut Education Funding, Expand Standardized Testing Assailed

Here in New York, nearly 780 employees of the city’s Education Department will lose their jobs by October in the largest layoff at a single agency since Michael Bloomberg became mayor in 2002. I reported in today’s Daily News that those layoffs are going to be hitting particularly hard the poorest school districts in the city. The layoffs stem from budget cuts to schools, which have occurred in each of the last four years. The cuts have cost more than 2,000 full-time public school teachers their assignments and now threaten the job security of more than 400 school aides and 82 parent coordinators. At last month’s "Save Our Schools" rally in Washington, D.C., education author Jonathan Kozol criticized the drive toward fewer teachers and larger classes. JONATHAN KOZOL: Class size is soaring in the poorest schools. DIANE RAVITCH: Thank you. DIANE RAVITCH: Right. List of all the Educational Chats on Twitter. Charters get $55 million for upkeep, other schools get zero.

Traditional public schools in Florida will get no money from the state this year for additions or needed repairs to thousands of aging buildings, but charter schools will score big.

Charters get $55 million for upkeep, other schools get zero

All of the state cash budgeted for school construction and maintenance is going to the independent, tax-financed charters favored by the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.Rick Scott. The charter school operated for children of employees of The Villages, the Republican stronghold in north Lake County frequented by Scott and former President George W. Bush, is expected to receive about $1 million. School district officials across Florida are bemoaning the Legislature's decision to cut traditional public schools out of PECO — the Public Education Capital Outlay program.

The state's 350 charter schools will share $55 million, while the approximately 3,000 traditional schools will go without. But Sen. "We did a whole lot of building a few years ago," Simmons said. Msnbc: Matt Damon rewrites attack on teachers. President Obama’s unusual education roundtable - The Answer Sheet. President Obama hosted an education roundtable at the White House on Monday and I’ll give you one chance to guess who wasn’t high on the guest list.

President Obama’s unusual education roundtable - The Answer Sheet

Educators. Below is a list of people who were invited to the event, which was described on the president’s schedule this way: “The President hosts an education roundtable with business leaders, Secretary Duncan, Melody Barnes, and America’s Promise Alliance Chair Alma Powell and Founding Chair General Colin Powell.” The invitees, according to a news release from the White House, include: · Marguerite Kondracke, president & CEO, America’s Promise · Alma Powell, chairwoman, America’s Promise · General Colin Powell, founding chairman, America’s Promise · Craig Barrett, former president & CEO, Intel · Glenn Britt, CEO, Time Warner Cable · Steve Case, former chairman & CEO, America Online · Brian Gallagher, president & CEO, United Way Worldwide · William Green, president & CEO, Accenture · Fred Humphries, senior vice president, Microsoft.

Scienceguide: Obama cuts $22 billion on student loans. 3 augustus 2011 - De staatsschuld verkleinen door studenten dieper in de schulden te steken.

Scienceguide: Obama cuts $22 billion on student loans

Dat is een van de uitkomsten van het akkoord dat Obama heeft gesloten met de Republikeinen. De VS betalen niet langer de rente op non-staatsleningen voor onderwijs. Obama wist wel de voor hem zeer belangrijke Pell Grants te behouden. After weeks of Republicans and Democrats clashing in Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama signed off a $2,1 trillion debt reduction plan this Tuesday. . $11.178 extra in interest During their four years of studies, students are able to take out federal loans to a maximum of $138.500 with an additional $65.000 from subsidized loans.

A subsidized loan meant that students would borrow money while the government paid any interest that accrued during their studies and 6 months after graduation. With the new austerity measures in place, the $125 billion worth subsidized student loan market will be turned into an unsubsidized one. Compromise to save Pell Grants. Pell Grants Survive Budget-Cutting Deal.

President Obama: American Jobs Act Will Prevent Up to 280,000 Teachers from Losing their Jobs. Colleen Curtis October 04, 2011 06:58 PM EDT President Barack Obama tours the Lab School at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, Oct. 4, 2011.

President Obama: American Jobs Act Will Prevent Up to 280,000 Teachers from Losing their Jobs

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) The White House today released a report that outlines the devastating impact the recession has had on schools and students across the country. Teacher Jobs at Risk highlights the significant cuts in education spending that have resulted from state budget shortfalls since 2008, including the loss of nearly 300,000 teaching jobs across the country (see chart below). And in the coming school year, without additional support, many school districts will have to make another round of difficult decisions.

President Obama, speaking today in Texas, compared the situation here with South Korea, where their President said they can’t hire teachers fast enough: The impact of this funding is clear: As the President said today in Texas, Americans cannot afford to wait for things to get better, it is time to act: University World News - US: Mixed victory for students under Obama loan plan. Marching along the shaded valley beneath skyscrapers housing major bank headquarters in midtown Manhattan, some students in the Occupy Wall Street movement said United States President Barack Obama's new loan plan was too little too late, with real savings totaling no more than $10 a month per low-income borrower. Students celebrated a mixed victory with the new plan aimed at dropping interest rates by half a percent and shortening debt forgiveness by five years for an average of 6.8 million graduates signed up with the government's direct-loan programme.

Seen as a response to avert a debt default debacle similar to the housing loan crisis, the new plan has critics saying that student loan interest rate hikes next July, expected to double to 6.8%, would hobble any of the plan's potential benefits. The US Department of Education recently reported that the student loan default rate had climbed to 8.8% in 2009 from 7% the previous year, before the financial crisis. "Who does debt benefit? "

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Still to order. Studenten van de Occupy Wall Street beweging « Kritische Studenten Utrecht. A warning to college profs from a high school teacher. For more than a decade now we have heard that the high-stakes testing obsession in K-12 education that began with the enactment of No Child Left Behind 11 years ago has resulted in high school graduates who don’t think as analytically or as broadly as they should because so much emphasis has been placed on passing standardized tests. Here, an award-winning high school teacher who just retired, Kenneth Bernstein, warns college professors what they are up against. Bernstein, who lives near Washington, D.C. serves as a peer reviewer for educational journals and publishers, and he is nationally known as the blogger “teacherken.”

His e-mail address is This appeared in Academe, the journal of the American Association of University Professors. By Kenneth Bernstein You are a college professor. I have just retired as a high school teacher. I have some bad news for you. Troubling Assessments I mentioned that at least half my students were in AP classes. A Teacher’s Plea.