Monthly Archives: November 2017

Karen Wolfe: The School Wars in California Heat Up as 2018 Approaches

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Karen Wolfe, parent activist in Los Angeles, writes here in response to an ill-informed article in the Napa Valley Register by columnist Dan Walters. I read Walters’ article and it did not reflect…

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Daniel S. Katz: How the GOP Tax Plan Will Damage Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Daniel Katz reviews the many ways in which the tax plan now being debated and being pushed to an early vote without hearings will have deleterious effects on students in higher education and…

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Republican Tax Plan Will Have Devastating Impact Across Society: Trickle-Down Economics Redux

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Republican Tax Plan will have devastating impact in many sectors of society, including education and healthcare. It will dramatically increase income inequality, by reducing taxes on the wealthiest and on corporations. The…

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The Disgrace of East Ramapo, New York

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Znew York Civil Liberties Union recently filed a suit against East Ramapo, New York. The town school board has been almost completely captured by members of the Orthodox Jewish Community, whose children…

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Tax Bill Opens Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Drilling

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The more you learn about the tax bill, the worse it is. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/whats-one-more-bad-thing-in-the-gop-tax-bill-ask-the-polar-bears/2017/11/28/2b532f0c-d488-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html To win Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s vote, Republican leaders added a provision to allow drilling for oil and natural gas…

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Michael Lewis: Inside Trump’s Cruel Campaign Against Science at the U.S.D.A.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is an outstanding article by Best-selling author Michael Lewis. It will give you a scary insight into the Trump administration’s determination to stamp out any reference to climate change and to turn…

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China’s “ Invisible Crisis” In Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
We have heard for years about the alleged superiority of Chinese education, based almost entirely on test scores on international assessments in which Shanghai comes out on top. Chinese-American scholar Yong Zhao warns…

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Where Do the Ideas of “Success” and “Failure” in Schooling Come From? (Part 4)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
In the first three parts of this series, I answered the question of where “success” and “failure” as ideas came from. I identified and described three core values–individualism, equal…

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NPR: The Hoax of the D.C. Public School Where 100% of Seniors Graduated and Were Accepted by Colleges

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Last July, I wrote about a struggling high school in D.C. where 100% of the seniors graduated and were accepted by colleges. The story appeared on NPR, and I wrongly assumed that they…

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Peter Greene: A Libertarian Explains Why Schools Should Be Run by Corporations

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene has unearthed another libertarian, this one writing for CATO (founded by the Koch brothers), who explains why government should not run schools, but private corporations should. Corey DeAngelis is a scholar…

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