I am currently reading Diane Ravitch’s book Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools. I was wondering if anyone else is reading it. If so I would appreciate hearing your thoughts about her ideas. I also uploaded two podcasts. The one podcast is Diane Ravitch Joins the Klonsky Brothers on Hitting Left and the other is Diane Ravitch The Author of Slaying Goliath on the Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan.
Here is an excerpt from Ravitch’s book. “What I had come to understand was that the root cause of poor performance in schools is not ‘bad schools’ or ‘bad teachers’ but poverty. Closing schools and firing their teachers and principals does not help students. If anything, it introduces damaging instability into their lives. The privatizers hail disruption and call it ‘creative,’ but it is neither creative nor beneficial (p. 8).”