Monday, February 7, 2011

Fitzpatrick: Education should be local / Ravitch decries reformers seeking to divide

Fitzpatrick: Education should be local
By: JAMES MCGINNIS, The Intelligencer
Children in previous generations were healthier and smarter - all without the federal government being involved in education, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick said.

Ravitch decries reformers seeking to divide
“I’m here because I’m frightened for the future of public education.”
That was the opening salvo by education historian Diane Ravitch, as she offered a spirited condemnation of many of today’s popular school reform ideas at a Sunday afternoon session of NSBA’s Federal Relations Network Conference. As a matter of history, it’s unclear that public education has ever faced such fierce criticism as it does today, said Ravitch, a nationally recognized education author, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, and research professor at New York University.


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