- by guest blogger Kalman R. Hettleman, former member of the Baltimore school board and former state human resources secretary.
Below is my op-ed in the Baltimore Sun on Diane Ravitch and her new best-selling book on school reform. I share her belief that poverty is a key factor, but at the same time, she takes too narrow a view, polarizes the debate, and demonizes education centrists (like me) who support a more balanced reform agenda.
Diane Ravitch is all the rage in education circles these days, but rage, unfortunately, is what’s she’s selling.
There are many reasons why, despite decades of efforts, U.S. public schools continue to fail, especially for low-income and minority children. Perhaps the most destructive one is the polarization of the debate over school reform and the refusal of opposing factions to look for middle ground.
Sad to say, Ms. Ravitch’s new best-selling book, “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools,” fits this pattern.
Her emergence as a popular gunslinger in the education wars is itself a revealing story. [Read more →]