Archive for 'Current K-12 Teachers'

Steven Lin

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

I wrote to you in 2010 about my immediate thoughts after reading your book The Death and the Life of the Great American School System. I won’t repeat them here, but suffice it to say that your book is the only book I have ever read, where upon finishing, I was compelled to capture my reflections immediately on the inside cover.

Over the last three years, I have returned to those handwritten reflections to remind me of the ...

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D (Anonymous)

Hi,

Thank you for continuing to speak up for American education.

My state is now looking at adding the end of course tests for music classes and art classes to the scores for standardized tests to make a school’s grade for school and employee evaluations.

I am a music teacher at a center school for the lowest one percent of students.  Students who mostly function on the participatory level.  Students who have grave health issues like seizures and conditions that take away their ability to ...

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Genevieve Szafran

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

I just finished reading an article about you and wanted to thank you for speaking up for teachers! Yes, most of us are weary of the public disdain for our profession.

I have been a special educator for over thirty years, and my profession has changed drastically. We special educators now find ourselves inundated with responsibilities other than teaching. Our days are filled with assessing our students, writing reports, and writing lengthy IEPs. We attend professional development workshops that ...

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Amy Smith

Diane:

Let me tell you, I am a passionate teacher and I am so fired up about our current state of education- the current state of our country really. First I want to say that I was truly inspired by your article in the Saturday evening post because I was finally able to read something about education, and teachers in particular, that was right on! I am so often disappointed by what people assume and say about teachers, ...

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A Hoosier Educator

Dear Dr. Ravitch:

I read your book The Death and Life two years ago. At that time I didn’t realize the storm gathering around public education, but afterwards I finally understood why things were starting to get “loony” in my school building.

For me as a teacher, the last two years have been thoroughly unpleasant, especially with an anti-union governor and an anti-teacher State School Superintendent (I heard the Superintendent speak twice).

I cannot add any more eloquent words than my colleagues have ...

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Stacy Maxin

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

Thank you for giving me hope as an educator at a time when I have been very disheartened with the direction of education in the U.S.  I had the wonderful opportunity to see you speak at the NCSS Conference in Washington, D.C. on December 2, and walked away feeling that an expert in education finally “gets it”.  Last year, I reluctantly read your book The Death and Life of the Great American School System as it was selected ...

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Anonymous Physics Teacher

Dear Dr. Ravitch:

I just finished reading, and very much enjoyed, your book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. The book answered many questions I had about how we got to where we are now in our education system, and, more importantly, why we appear to be headed in insanely wrong directions right now with no one seeming to have the power to stop it, or even steer it in a better direction.

As background, I was an ...

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Anonymous L.A. Teacher

Hi Diane,

I teach math at an inner city high school in LAUSD. This is a second career for me, and I am in my 8th year as a teacher. My original training is in the field of management. I have an MBA in finance from UC Berkeley, and Ph.D. in management, (specializes in organizational behavior) from UCLA’s Anderson school. That background gives me a perspective that is somewhat different than most teacher, as well as ...

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Anonymous California History Teacher

Ms. Ravitch,
I heard your speech at the NCSS conference today. I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your words and thoughts as well as your perseverance and fortitude.
I’m a middle school history teacher in California. I had teaching for over twenty years at a “persistently under-performing school” that had to undergo the “turnaround” model. Consequently, I was one of the half of the staff that had to be moved out of the school at the end of last ...
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Anonymous Teacher, Former Finance Professional

Dear Dr. Ravitch –

I downloaded the pieces you embedded in your blog the other day, and read with horror, but not surprise, Lee Fang’s “How Online Learning Companies Bought America’s Schools.”  I say I read without surprise, because as a former corporate finance person, I remember well how the large investment banking firms would produce so-called “educational” seminars which really peddled new investment arms (derivatives) and mortgage-backed securities as a means of securitizing loans, etc.  What began as a seemingly ...

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Nancy Huizar-Hurtado

Hello Dr. Ravitch,

I simply wanted to commend you for speaking out in favor of teaching a broad curriculum and making it known the detrimental effects it has had on the quality of education we give out students. I am currently a Continuation high school science teacher  and as a result of extreme budget cuts we don’t have a budget for science experiments.  Since it is my responsibility to give my students a fair representation about what science really entails I ...

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Anonymous (Colorado)

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

Your book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, is the single best book on the subject that I’ve ever read. I work in education in Colorado.  Before my current position, I ran a school-based neighborhood center at an inner city school in southwest Denver that was subsequently closed and turned into a KIPP charter school.

What I am trying to say is that your book gave reason and logic to the way I’ve been feeling ...

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Anonymous

Hi Diane,

I’m sure you get thousands of emails a day, but here’s one more.

I’m not sure if you have addressed the following issues, but in my internet searches, I’ve not been able to see that anyone has spoken to these particular problems in our public schools.

1. Classroom teachers are the only teachers held accountable for test scores. The school in which I teach has many other teachers: ELL, Title 1, special ed resource, as well as support personnel for speech. ...

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Leia Schnarch

Diane:

I just reviewed the excerpt of when you were on CNN this morning. I am going to buy your current book. I am an elementary teacher living in Durango, Co and teaching just over the state border in Aztec, NM. I was quite taken with what you had to say about education today. Of course, I have my own story to tel. My husband and I were actually talking about being able to go visit ...

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Mia Anderson

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

Thank you so much for fighting the good fight for the sake of education.  I’m a 32 year teacher in San Antonio, Texas, and a fellow alumna of Teachers College.  I have been teaching for the past 7 years, starting off in New York, then in Dayton, OH, and now in San Antonio.  Since the beginning I have felt/seen the injustice in the education system, and have never met anyone who feels, or who has felt, as passionately ...

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