Archive for 'Other Concerned Citizens'

Corky Osborn

Hi Ms. Ravitch,

I would like to thank you for your insights and research on the subject of education in this country. In my opinion you’ve hit the nail squarely on its head.

My wife, a middle school language arts, and foreign cultures educator in Michigan, has taken your ideas and theory to her administration, where it’s been received by them with overwhelming support. However as you well know “the system” has educators and administrators so handcuffed that they are simply becoming ...

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Roger Sledd

Dr. Ravitch:

You are the most sane, rational, competent voice I have heard for education.  I hope you will continue to speak out at the national level on these very important issues effecting our country. Over testing with multi-choice questions has dire consequences that we are just beginning to understand. Speak loud and often and hopefully people will begin to hear. Thank you for your efforts.

Roger Sledd

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Philip Rhodes, MD

Dr. Ravitch,

Thank you so much for your voice of informed sanity in the midst of so much disastrous action to our children, schools and teachers.  The interview with Brill was too painful to watch.  His arrogant misinformed manner was too much.  I know you have to face this time and again.  I just want you to know that there are so many of us who admire and thank you for helping our teachers and schools to become better in a ...

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A Jaded “Reformer”

Professor Ravitch,

I finally read The Death and Life of the Great American School System.  It’s rare that I find myself agreeing with almost everything in a book — thank you for such an important work.

I spent several years working as a Program Officer at New Visions for Public Schools.  I joined NVPS inspired by what appeared to be a substantive movement for progressive change in our schools. I had attended a small public high school myself, and felt it was important ...

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Dr. Randy Pratt

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

Several weeks ago I caught a few minutes of your interview with Jon Stewart. I purchased your book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. My God, what a great read and what I believe gets to the heart of the matter in an honest and straightforward manner. It would be so appropriate for today’s administrators, teachers and political leaders to read this book. Thank you for writing such a book.

Sincerely,
Dr. Randy Pratt

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Rob Bligh

Prof. Ravitch,

Congratulations and thanks. I just found “Waiting for a School Miracle.”  What a gem! Over the course of the last few years, I have read a great deal about the educational tragedy of children living immersed in poverty and America’s irrational response to that tragedy. Nothing I have read (indeed, nothing I have written) beats “Waiting for a School Miracle.”

Several decades ago my father offered me a piece of wisdom that might be useful in this situation: ...

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Pacific Northwest Physician

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

I am a family practice physician in the Pacific Northwest. A few weeks ago I was driving home from the annual meeting of the Independent Physicians Association and I heard a rebroadcast of your interview on Oregon Public Broadcasting. The meeting was nothing more than a big “Rah-Rah!” session for healthcare reform which is a topic that makes a lot of us uneasy, and as I listened to your interview I found myself thinking, “My ...

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Judith Mays

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

Your book was an eye-opener! I am only a lay person in education. I spent years volunteering in my children’s Washington, DC public schools and I was marginally involved with educational issues in a 20-year career at the University of Maryland; plus I taught a few college courses. I am in a second career helping manage the business side of a publishing venture but when I have time I am determined to do something to make an ...

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Harold A Treinen

Diane,

Your book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, is so true, and you did a great job writing it.

I’m focused on family, career as a 30 year Sr Accountant/Financial Analyst/Audit, and social justice, being very active in several social justice organizations like MoveOn.org, DFA, OFA, PDA, Bold Progressives, etc, and being a progressive Catholic.

I do a lot of reading, believe in supporting a just and vibrant government doing what it should, and connected with about 10 ...

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Bruce Mergele

Dr. Ravitch,

I listened to your interview on “To the Best of our Knowledge” today. I’d like to get a copy of your book and read it so that I might better respond to you and possibly help.

I am currently an underemployed librarian. Four years ago, I was laid off from Harcourt Assessments. For most of my six years as the Corporate Librarian and Archivist, I was working solo. You’d have thought that a company so firmly rooted in research and ...

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Susan B. Tripi

Your recent editorial piece makes some great points. Let’s assume that collective bargaining will be a thing of the past for teachers. The next logical question would be, what should teachers be thinking about to advocate for that will help them remain successful without the union umbrella. Other industries have survived without unions and are well paid and well treated. The difference with teachers is that so many things impact their students’ performance that are out of their ...

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Bryan Stevens

The Governor [of Wisconsin] is just going to pass the bill and everyone will take it like good surfs and will have to go home because they are poor and can’t afford to stay and protest.

They sure were not protesting while everyone’s jobs in the private sector have been been outsourced the last ten years. Only when their little pocket books and rights are going to be stolen do they get motivated.

Once the bill passes it is just the first ...

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Anand Bhat

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

I first heard about you from Democracy Now’s interview with you last year. I never got around to reading your new book, but last night I saw a somewhat disturbing presentation at a fundraiser. The fundraiser was put on by an Indian fraternity at Texas A&M. The fraternity was raising money in Houston for a village school in Gujarat state at the 11th and 12thrade level. This is called PUC (pre-university college) and is when kids essentially start ...

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Tracie L. Washington

November 30, 2010

Dr. Ravitch,

I was really disappointed that I could not see your presentation live when you were here in New Orleans at Dillard University. I thank Lance Hill for providing me with a copy of your speech, and I look forward to watching same. Lance sent me the excerpt, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you:

We’ve had really smart reporters, Jan Resseger being one, and even smarter parents and advocates who have commented on, beg, pleaded, marched, ...

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Tom Viviano

Hello Dr. Ravitch,

In the chance that you receive and read this I just wanted to thank you for writing your most recent book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. I hope all educational leaders read this and take it very seriously.

You and your book are well known in the Workforce Education and Development Program at Penn State University. I am a doctorate student there in this program and am using your book as a reference in ...

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