Witney Tilson of Democrats for Education Reform has a great post on why the new teacher union darling, Diane Ravitch, is all wrong. Once upon a time Ravitch was in favor of school choice, technology, teacher evaluations but she's backing away fast with harsh criticism that only the teacher unions seem to support.
In my opinion, most of what she is currently saying and writing is completely wrong-headed, based on shoddy and one-sided research and analysis, yet because of her sterling resume and the fact that she was once a reformer, her views are quite influential and thus she is one of the greatest obstacles to the reforms our schools so desperately need.Read Witney Tilson's article "Rebutting Ravitch" here.
My goal is to expose her for what I believe she is: a thinly disguised shill for the teachers’ unions, advancing their agenda of entrenching the unacceptable status quo that’s working very well for the adults, but screwing millions of children, especially the most disadvantaged ones.
Read more on Ravitch by Jay P. Greene and Stuart Buck.