Diane Ravitch & Race to the Top…12 Comments
Over time, Diane Ravitch has changed course on some of her past held opinions and discusses these ideas in this short article, "The Big Idea--It's Bad Educational Policy",
as well as in her new book(i.e. The Death and Life of the Great
American School System: How Testing and School Choice are Undermining
As states make decisions about whether or not to compete in the next round of Race to the Top, we might consider Ravitch’s words: "Today there is empirical evidence, and it shows clearly that choice, competition,and accountability as education reform levers are not working. But with confidence bordering on recklessness, the Obama administration is plunging ahead, pushing an aggressive program of school reform—codified in its signature Race to the Top program—that relies on the power of incentives and competition. This approach may well make schools worse, not better."
If there is empirical evidence that these "reforms" are not working, why do you think we continue to move in this direction? What position is your state taking in regard to Race to the Top? Do you believe it is the right choice?
New York City, MetLife Fellow, Teachers Network Leadership Institute