Diane\'s Blog

Bill Powers

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

Please add me to your list of malcontents railing against what is laughably called education reform.

Every child is special needs. Every child is at-risk. Every child needs to be listened to and directed, guided and encouraged. Categories don’t work, nor do indexes, head counts(for funding purposes), or any of the myriad solutions people outside the framework of learning want to present.

I taught for 22 years in a small continuation high school and retired in June of this year. This fall semester, our district destroyed the continuation schools and placed those few students who weren’t cowed in a classroom at the comprehensive high school — in a half-day program. Anecdotes, I know, but they are the accumulating mass that threatens to snuff out creative intelligence as we know it.

Bravo to you. Keep it up!

Cheers,
Bill Powers