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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The fundamental principle by which education proceeds is collaboration.

Listen to former Bush Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch, as she trashes No Child Left Behind (NCLB = George W. Bush's attempt to privatize education by punishing public schools and lead to wide spread cheating by public school administrators).

Diane Ravitch claims that Charter Schools lack transparency and pull kids out of the public school system, and increase competition among schools and children.

"There should not be an education marketplace, there should not be competition," Ravitch says. "Schools operate fundamentally — or should operate — like families. The fundamental principle by which education proceeds is collaboration. Teachers are supposed to share what works; schools are supposed to get together and talk about what's [been successful] for them. They're not supposed to hide their trade secrets and have a survival of the fittest competition with the school down the block." - Ravitch

“Diane Ravitch is the rarest of scholars—one who reports her findings and conclusions, even when they go against conventional wisdom and even when they counter her earlier, publicly espoused positions. A ‘must’ read for all who truly care about American education.” - Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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