Thursday, April 14, 2011

Let Diane Ravitch wake up your dozing skeptic

From the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, read Diane Ravitch's "Miracle schools, vouchers, and all that education flim-flam" to become a more educated and skeptical education journalism consumer. Ravitch's overview of the questions reporters should ask when writing about standardized test scores within schools, districts, and states, as well as charter/school choice issues, and more tell us what we should expect from education journalism and should push you to question unresearched and unsubstantiated claims of the successes of any particular policy.

Ravitch demonstrates that education reporting is necessarily complex. The effects of disregarding that complexity have contributed to the current testing-centric policy conditions that have made it so difficult for meaningful teaching and learning to happen everywhere and e specially in schools that serve students most in need.

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