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The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch
The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

Robert J. Rasmussen, January 3, 2011

From the author who was brave enough to expose the political correctness run amok in our children's textbooks with "The Language Police" comes a reassessment of No Child Left Behind and the unintended consequences of the School Choice movement.

A broad, liberal arts curriculum is what matters, but apparently it is nowhere to be found because it is too controversial in these contentious times. Instead we teach to the tests, reprimand teachers by means of bureaucratic, inconsistent standards, and use the public schools as a dumping ground for those who are left behind, skewing the statistics of charter schools.

Instead of a boxing match of ideas that motivate students to think clearly and critically, Diane Ravitch paints a picture akin to profession wrestling where it's the the children who take the fall. A real mugs game that would be humorous if it weren't so bloody serious, for we are failing or children and limiting their future.

Read the book and see what Miss Ratliff would have done; why this teacher is still so beloved by the author years later. You'll love the last chapter where Miss Ravitch's ideas for improving our schools is both commonsensical and remarkably traditional while embracing the needs of a modern world.
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