CMRubinWorld’s new interview with world-renowned thought leader Diane Ravitch slams No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top as “ineffectual and demoralizing” to American schools.
As the United States prepares to choose a new president this November, passionate debate continues on how best to put every child on a path towards a successful future.
During recent months, CMRubinWorld’s The Global Search for Education platform brought back its popular 2012 Education Debate series and put the tough questions to those at the forefront of educational change: Does the current traditional model of education meet the needs of most students? Is the current curriculum preparing them for the jobs we need to fill in an age of globalization and artificial intelligence? Should tuition at public colleges and universities be free?
In her in-depth interview with CMRubinWorld founder C. M. Rubin, Diane Ratvich is clear about her take on the current trends in education: “In my view, historians will look on this era as a period of failed mandates, of willful and ignorant attacks on public education and the education profession, and as a time in which entrepreneurs sought to turn education into a marketplace for profit.”
Ravitch takes aim at standardized testing and the failure of policy makers to recognize the effect that poverty has on a child’s opportunity for success. “Poverty is highly correlated with poor educational outcomes–with test scores, absenteeism, dropout rates, and every other measure of attainment and achievement.” Further, she decries the blaming of teachers, the closing of public schools, and the founding of charters as answers to our current problems. “The best way to reduce the effects of poverty is to reduce poverty, to make sure that every child has an equal chance to grow up healthy.”
The series also features globally recognized thought leaders Andy Hargreaves, Randi Weingarten, Julia Freeland Fisher, and Charles Fadel. All 6 contributors were asked to imagine they were Secretary of Education for the new administration.
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Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She is the author of many books including: The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (2010)
CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.
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