Thursday, March 29, 2012

Diane's questions

Diane Ravitch has an interesting biography. It is an education researcher who acted as advisor to the Secretary of Education George Bush (father) and then to the Secretary of Education for the administration of Bill Clinton. With the first led efforts to develop more rigorous educational standards. Then, between 1997 and 2004, with George Bush Jr. and the White House, she was director of the National Assessment Governing Board, the equivalent to Chilean SIMCE. In short, he starred in the design and implementation of the American educational model as it stands today.

The 2010 published an interesting book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, which should be required reading for every politician interested in education reform and who believes that the American model deserves to be followed and copying. It basically repent of what worked in previous years, and demonstrates with data, research and arguments, that the policies that were implemented for competing schools and teachers, to standardize the testing of students, targeted on a few materials and lack of resources and prestige of public education (with the parallel deification of private education without her show better results) have finished destroying the possibilities of improving the quality of education. Does this sound familiar?

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