Shaun and I have been doing the Sunday night radio show on Blog Talk Radio for the last three years. However, at the same time we have been traveling to Madison, Wisconsin to record professionally produced episodes of @the chalkface at MidWest Family Broadcasting. Over the last three years, during marathon interviewing sessions we have […]
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The “nation’s children are on a train that is headed for a cliff“. This sentence, unobtrusively embedded in the middle of the first chapter of Reign of Error, effectively identifies the main idea of Diane Ravitch’s newest book. Like it’s prequel from 2010, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Reign of Error serves to warn America […]
Diane Ravitch As most people (at least those following the daily attempts by deformers to crush public schools, teachers unions, and the wills and souls of countless students, teachers, parents, and others who believe in public education and democracy) are aware, Diane Ravitch has a new book being officially released tomorrow: REIGN OF ERROR: The […]
I have been teaching writing now for thirty years. Eighteen of those years were spent in a rural South Carolina high school, and more recently I have been teaching first year writing seminars at a selective liberal arts university. Young writers are quite predictable in their writing. They gravitate toward huge, sweeping claims, but shy […]
Dear Indignant Teacher: Friends in Boston have told me that my message to you has been widely read, which is good, but also widely misinterpreted. I am writing now to be clear what it means to support public education. It means that public schools should be subject to democratic control. Mayoral control is a very […]
or, What Corporate Education Reformers Don’t Understand about Opposition to CorpEd When Bush II was in office, anyone who challenged the fanciful notion that 100 percent of U. S. children would be proficient in reading and math was said to be engaged in the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” In an updated version of that […]
Yesterday, I shared an excellent collection of investigative journalism confronting the accountability machine in Florida (HERE and HERE), work from as far back as 1999 in the St. Petersburg Times and a recent article in the Miami Herald. Overnight, however, I was prompted to look at Peter Cunningham’s “Ravitch Redux.” Before looking at the shoddy and unsubstantiated […]
In case you missed @the chalkface radio (special Monday episode with Dr. Diane Ravitch) here’s your chance to listen to radio brilliance. We spent the entire day getting ready for our interview with Dr. Ravitch. However, five minutes before the show started Shaun and I realized we had no ability to contact our guest. Guess […]
Charter charlatan Joe Nathan has made a decent living pushing privatization and pimping poverty. A regular participant in the active comment section on the Professor Diane Ravitch’s blog, Nathan can always be counted on for advocating neoliberal education reform and corporate profits. Today was no different, with Nathan effectively defending the demise of school libraries […]
Check out At the Chalk Face’s own Katie Osgood here at Diane Ravitch’s blog. Well, she is her own person, but you get what I mean. You can also hear from her from last Sunday’s episode of At the Chalk Face.