Archive for 'Current K-12 Teachers'

Virginia Teacher’s Story

I believe I am going through a change of mindset regarding education reform. A lot of it has to do with you.

I blindly followed Michelle Rhee’s call and moved from a comfortable job in the suburbs to one of the more highly politicized middle schools in D.C. I was excited and ready to work. I should have noticed something was up. The first week of meetings included all the responsibilities of the teacher. Administrators went though all these power points ...

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William Chenausky

Ms. Ravitch,

I am a new teacher at a Charter school, and have read your article entitled “The Myth of Charter Schools.” I was so overwhelmed about your position that I had to find your email and thank you very much for your hard work and truth.

America has the answers on how to improve our educational system, but we have to look at improving our society and communities. The model for the U.S. comes from the top-ranked nations in the world. ...

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Ron Hale

Diane Ravitch,

Good Day! I’m writing you because I have just finished reading your book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. As a teacher entering my third year I found your text to be profoundly educational and entertaining. It was steeped in scholarship, but easily understood by those inside and outside the classroom. This should be required reading for anyone serious about the state of education in America. It was ...

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Randall Postiglione

December 19, 2010

Ms. Ravitch,

I hope this email finds you and yours happy and healthy this holiday season. Thank you so much for your article, “The Myth of Charter Schools.” It was a welcome antidote to the Superman documentary that we viewed the night before. My wife and I were the only two in the theater and she had to keep me from leaving two or three times during its screening. It reminded me of Nazi Germany’s propaganda films ...

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Cynthia Walker

December 12, 2010

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

Thanks for your answers to Bill Gates.

Friday I came home from a tough week in my middle school classes: Intervention Reading where most kids are 3 to 6 years below grade level after years of Open Court and an ESL class comprised of students born here in the states or in Mexico or Central America — three different grades and three different learning levels in one class and textbooks filled with mandatory tests of ...

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Sharon Reed Bradley

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

I just read “Ravitch Answers Gates,” from a Newsweek piece. I was stunned to see that your every answer was in direct correlation with my sentiments regarding our school system and the current negative media onslaught. It is comforting to know that the real issues of educating our children have a voice. Every year we start behind more affluent schools as we struggle to get new immigrants to “meet standard” and stay in school. Teachers at ...

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Kevin Parker

November 22, 2010

To Diane Ravitch:

First I wanted to thank you for Death and Life…. As someone who has become enraged by nearly every article, editorial, and interview regarding education, your example has been uplifting. Your book and your voice have been clear, courageous, and consistent in support of true improvement (I am reluctant to use the word “reform”) to the public education system. Even after I correspond with journalists — sometimes heatedly, sometimes civilly — I still feel as though ...

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Eddie Lopez, Jr.

Hi Dr. Ravitch,

My name is Eduardo (Eddie) Lopez, Jr. and I just want to write to you for two reasons. Before I go into my reasons for emailing you, I want to tell you a little about me. I’m a second year teacher, currently in teaching in South Texas (where I’m originally from), but my first placement was with the School District of Philadelphia. By certification, I’m an English Language Arts and Reading teacher at the high school level, although ...

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California Second Grade Teacher

November 8, 2010

Dear Diane,

Someone in my school district just sent me a link to your fantastic article in the New York Times Book Review of Waiting for Superman. I cannot tell you how fantastic it was to read your article.

I am a second grade teacher in California and I work in a Title I school. For many years we were the only Title I school in our district. We have tried every program known to man to help ...

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Imani

Hello Dr. Ravitch,

I recently read your book, The Death and Life of The Great American School System and it was amazing! As a public school advocate and product of the NYC public school system I was enthralled and enamored by your book. Your insight and honest depiction of public education is eye-opening and much appreciated.

I recently graduated from Howard University with a concentration in English and a minor in Secondary Education; additionally I became a certified 7-12 English teacher. After ...

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Third Grade Reading Teacher

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

I am so grateful for your critique of the movie Waiting for Superman, “The Myth of Charter Schools.” You expressed my frustrations with the educational system so eloquently.

I have been teaching poor non-English students for ten years now. For six years I worked as a reading specialist with an even more challenging group of kids who not only were poor and Limited English Proficient, they often had problems with reading and language. The past four years ...

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Soren

Dear Ms. Diane Ravitch:

I’m writing to simply commend you on your well-written and -argued article in the New York Review of Books about Waiting for Superman.

As an educator, I was offended by the reductionism and scapegoat-ism and cheap appeals to emotions that this documentary employed in order to make a dishonest argument. In fact, I was so outraged that I wrote my representative asking her to bring a class action suit against this movie for libeling public education ...

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Dana Pace

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

Thank you for your review of the film Waiting For Superman. As a public school teacher, I applaud your sentiments. Unfortunately, our voices (the voices of those who know the truth) are not as loud as those with pockets lined in green. The monetary interests of an elite few have found a cash cow in the educational system and will surely milk it dry. Nonetheless, thank you for continuing to be a Superwoman for us — ...

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