The National Council on Teacher Quality released a report claiming that U.S. education programs are not preparing teachers for the classroom. Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch explains why we should let teachers teach without such skepticism, and tells us what she thinks makes a phenomenal teacher.
Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University, author of the "Bridging Differences" blog at Education Week and also author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, follows up on a discussion about school performance and the frustration some teachers feel about standardized testing.
Diane Ravitch, a professor of education and frequent critic of the school reform movement, says New York state's school system is in trouble. She poses seven questions for a commission that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will form to look into student achievement and school accountability.
Some new numbers about the No Child Left Behind Act paint a bleak portrait of the country's education system. According to a report from the Center on Education Policy, 48 percent of the nation’s public schools did not meet No Child Left Behind's requirements for "adequate yearly progress," a percentage-based criteria for improvement set by individual states. However, students's performance on the national standardized test are not considered in AYP.
As one of the hallmark pieces of education legislation passed by President George W. Bush, The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 aimed to reform the American education system by giving schools standard and measurable goals that 100 percent of all students needed to meet. But, by promising to leave no child behind, did the act set its goals too far?
Politicians and public figures are often ostracized for changing their minds (think: "flip-flop"). However, having a change of opinion part of being human. Diane Ravitch former U.S. assistant secretary of education famously changed her opinion on the efficacy of standardized testing. She was an outspoken supporter of "No Child Left Behind," and has since changed her position and is advocating against this program. She is currently a research professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.
Education historian and former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch talks about the state of the American education system.