Diane\'s Blog

Misty in New Hampshire

Hello Dr. Ravitch,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your hard work in trying to educate the public about the damage we are doing to children through our obsessive reliance on standardized testing. I am a middle school social studies teacher in my 11th year, and I am currently working on my second research paper about why this testing is the wrong investment in our educational system. My first paper was written as my in graduate school 11 years ago. I am growing weary of this battle with the public to help them understand what makes a school “great”, but when I see influential people like yourself willing to change their mind and grow on the issue, it reminds me that there is hope and to continue on standing up for what I am passionate about. I want more for my students, and they deserve better.

I know you are very busy and it is unlikely I will get a response, but I just wanted to be sure you knew how powerful it was for me to read The Death and Life of the Great American School System without then knowing you now shared many of the same frustrations I deal with each year.

Many Thanks,

Misty in New Hampshire