‘Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education’

Teaching and Choice Are Undermining Education

“Teacher evaluation is a red herring, a diversion. A diversion intended to take our glance away from the poverty and racial isolation in which these students live. It salves the conscience of the billionaire boys club and enables them to blame hard-working teachers for the poverty and inequality that mars our society and hurts children.”

— Dr. Diane Ravitch, September 24, 2010

” … the CREDO study … evaluated student progress on math tests in half the nation’s five thousand charter schools and concluded that 17 percent were superior to a matched traditional public school; 37 percent were worse than the public school; and the remaining 46 percent had academic gains no different from that of a similar public school. The proportion of charters that get amazing results is far smaller than 17 percent.

–“The Myth of Charter Schools,” Diane Ravitch, New York Review of Books

Dr. Ravitch also points out that these privatized schools divert public moneys to corporations, many charter school chains are involved in questionable real estate deals, pay big bucks to their managers, and refuse to enrol English language learners and special needs students.


“Ravitch: Charters are a lead bullet,” Washington Post blog.

“Diane Ravitch: Charter Schools Won’t Save the School System” (podcast), U.S. News & World Report.

“Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States,”Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), Stanford University.

“Many city charter schools lack hardest-to-educate kids,” Philissa Cramer, Gotham Schools.


Image (“No Child Left Behind: Unintended Consequences”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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