Archive for 'Administrators'

Peggy Pastor

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

I just finished reading your latest book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, and I not only enjoyed the historical perspective on how we came to our present state but also found myself nodding my head at your description of the consequences to today’s schools.

I have been in both private and public schools and have been, among other things, a building principal for a total of over 20 years. I presently am principal of ...

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Alice S. Gottlieb

Dr. Ravitch,

I want you to know that my district is engaged in a community read of The Death and Life of the Great American School System. Last spring, one of our union officers approached me with a proposal to celebrate our good work, under the specter of state assessments and APPR regulations, through a read of your text. I bought 300 copies for our teachers, administrators, and board members, and on November 21, we will break into small Socratic seminars.

Thank ...

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Teresa Robinson

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

I just finished reading your interview in Principal magazine and felt compelled to send you a personal, heartfelt THANK YOU. Your closing sentence left me, an elementary principal, in tears; specifically, “Being an elementary school principal is one of the most demanding tasks in our society; it is not a job for amateurs.”

Can I tell you, that is the single most affirming statement I think I’ve ever read about my role as a principal. I’m a 31.5 year ...

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John Perella

Good Day Ms. Ravitch,

I am an assistant principal in Revere (a city five miles north of Boston) and I would like to thank you for giving me some hope. I have been working with my teachers on understanding the current landscape of public education. We often jigsaw and discuss your writings, they have inspired us all.

(A little bit about me) I am currently in the last year at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Leadership in Urban Education Program. ...

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Dr. Ora Watson

Dr. Ravitch,

Today, I listened to your lecture at Dillard University on the state or fate of public schools in the United States. Since I had the dubious distinction of being the Superintendent in New Orleans Public Schools immediately after Katrina, I was more than a little invested in your assessment of public education currently in New Orleans. Imagine how happy I was to finally hear your courageous evaluation of charter schools, testing and privatizing of public education to the detriment ...

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Teri Pinney

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

I’m a former high school assistant principal who could no longer condone the unscrupulous tactics being used by the principal to push students and teachers into attaining higher test scores (in Florida, we have the FCAT). I ended up leaving the profession and writing a book about it myself: The Missing Heart in Education: Chronicles of an Educator.

I also ended up running for the local school board in this past election. Made it into the runoff out of ...

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John Kuhn

Diane,

I am a superintendent of schools at a small school district in Texas; I am also the brother of three public school educators and the husband of one. I want to thank you for your amazing leadership — for your voice, your book The Death and Life…, and your review of Waiting for Superman in the New York Review of Books.

I want to invite you to come and inspire my teachers, or to produce a video, to save ...

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