Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch. Sheâ€™s long been known as an advocate of No Child Left Behind, charter schools, standardized testing, and using the free market to improve schools. But sheâ€™s had a radical change of heart.
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During your campaign you said, “I am tired of hearing teachers blamed for our collective failures.” If you really meant this, Mr. President, then please stop blaming teachers because we are all tired of hearing this too.
While our local districts are comprised of well intentioned, highly educated and reflective leaders who are doing their best to find resources to fill the budget shortfall, we are perplexed that some districts (60% state-wide) agreed to submit a â€œMemorandum Of Understandingâ€ with the Governorâ€™s Office to participate in Californiaâ€™s application for the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) competitive grant program.
Stop paying teachers and principals a salary. Instead, pay them on a per-standardized-test-point basis each day. At the end of the school day, simply give each student a standardized test. Then calculate what the teacher and principal will be paid that day based on the growth of the student, that is, on how much the student has improved over the previous day.
UPDATE: Here’s the prepared text of the speech the president will deliver. Tim Rutten has an excellent OpEd in the LATimes today regarding the hysteria over the president’s planned Back to School address; Calls to boycott Obama’s speech to kids offer a disturbing lesson in paranoia. Rutten writes: While it long ago crossed the borders…
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