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NY Times Invites Readers to Weigh In on “Fixing the Schools”

In today’s New York Times is a letter from Diane Ravitch in which she responds to David Brooks’s recent column about testing and charters. She begins:

Mr. Brooks has misrepresented my views. While I have criticized charter schools, I am always careful to point out that they vary widely. The overwhelming majority of high-quality research studies on charters shows that some are excellent, some are abysmal and most are no better than regular public schools.

Some charters succeed because they have additional resources, supplied by their philanthropic sponsors; some get better results by adding extra instructional time. We can learn from these lessons to help regular public schools.

The Times adds this note below the letter:

We invite readers to respond to this letter, as part of our new Sunday Dialogue feature. We plan to publish a sampling of responses in the Sunday Review, and Diane Ravitch will be given an opportunity to reply. E-mail: letters@nytimes.com

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5 Comments:

  • 1 peter michelli
    · Jul 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I believe what is needed ate strict unit and lesson plans mandated by the state, giving teachers a road map with uniform and tools which will lead to the desired outcome, for Math, Science, English and Technology. The guidelines are too loose and teachers need to know what exactly are the desired outcomes…

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  • 5 Joe
    · Jul 8, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I am a retired math teacher, who has become a great admirer of Dr. Diane Ravitch. I think we must look at education reform from a long time perspective. We should have the intelligence, honesty and humility to learn from other educational systems in the world, that are more effective than ours. The cornerstone of reform should be teacher training and respect. You wouldn’t like to be treated in an emergency room by a recent college grad who has not gone through a regular medical training program. Pay now or pay later. If you want our future citizens to get a first class education, we must develop a teacher training program that appeals to our best and brightest youth to become teachers. Children from kindergarten through college deserve the best education our society can afford. We can do with unqualified lawyers or even politicians, but good teachers are our most important natural resource.