Archive for 'Other Educators'

Renee Agatsuma

Ms. Ravitch:

Thank you so much for being one of the “lone voices” in the media in regards to Education and teachers. I wanted to write you because I wanted to share my store with you – I am a National Board Certified teacher in Science. I actually left education last year and am now back in science – I will be getting my PhD in Public Health Genetics. I miss teaching, though I still am able to teach undergraduates. I ...

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Mollie McGeehon

Hi Dr. Ravitch,

I teach special ed pre-k and my job is a gift to me. I love every moment of learning and growing with my students. I am fortunate to be in a grant funded grad program with UF right now and that is my joy. What much of the discussion misses is that teachers love learning. It is very difficult to afford higher education on 41k.

Thank you for being my own personal cheerleader. Like most teachers, I ...

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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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Al Janulaw

Dr. Ravitch,

Just heard your interview with Michael Krasney. I spent three decades teaching in California public schools and now I teach the science methods course in the multi-subject teaching credential program at Sonoma State University. It tears my heart out to spend time encouraging young pre-teachers to teach conceptual understanding through discovery while being fully cognizant of the reality they will encounter if/when they become employed.

But, what I really want to say is that I so appreciate your clear expression ...

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Sam Smithwick

Diane,

Thank you so much, once more, for such a powerful article! My wife and I are relocating from southern Maine to Mississippi as educators. While much of our move is driven by the times we find ourselves in, we are both very passionate about the work that we do and how we will be “tested” in Mississippi. We are putting our hearts where our mouths are!

You touched on adult education. I am recently questioning the “colonial” mind set that perpetuates ...

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Jody Mason Westbrook

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

This weekend, I met with a group called The Star Learners. We have been meeting twice a year for 20 years. We choose a topic to study, and take turns planning and facilitating the learning design for our gatherings. Most, but not all, of us are educational professionals, primarily in the discipline of Professional Development. We have several authors in our midst and are a passionate and committed group.

Our topic this past weekend was “Creating a Vivid Future ...

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Paul R. Nevergold

Dear Ms. Ravitch,

Keep up the fight. Yours is one of the few rational voices heard in education today.

In a recent interview, you stated the crux of the problem with NCLB. Instead of using tests as a diagnostic tool, they are using test results as a club to bash whomever.

I’m 70 and work in an after school program in Buffalo NY. It is PS18 on our far west side and populated predominantly by Hispanics, Karen from Myanmar, Somalis and other refugees. ...

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Pittsburgh Teacher

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

I wanted to take a moment to send a thank you for your wonderful book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System. As a teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, a district that has bought into the philosophies of both Broad and Gates, I read your book with a sense of personal interest. Indeed, it seems that almost everything you wrote about San Diego and New York City are becoming fashionable in districts like mine. ...

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Adam Bessie

Prof. Ravitch,

I am a community college English professor and a former public high school teacher, and want to thank you for latest book, which is a life raft amidst the recession of good will towards educators.

I have been writing on education for a few years, and your book gave me renewed vigor — and confidence — in fighting publicly for the institution I have proudly devoted my life to.

Please find, below, an essay I published which is in ...

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J. M. Beach

Dr. Ravitch,

I wanted to write you a quick note. I read your new book this week. I couldn’t put it down.

I think it is one of the most important books on U.S. education to come out in some time. I applaud both the arguments that you make, but also the courage to re-evaluate your previous position of school choice and assessment. However, as you indicate in your book, I fear that it may be too late to stop the accountability ...

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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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Terry Fingers

Diane,

I am still talking about the great speaker we had at the Missouri state conference (you). I want to thank you for the wonderful message. I am so inspired I have been sharing your website and message with everyone. You are so awesome.

Terry Fingers

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Anonymous

I would like to tell you a little about myself before I enter the discussion. I grew up in New York and New Jersey and I am now a senior at the University of [removed for anonymity], majoring in Sociology, with a minor in Geography and International Studies. During my time in [removed for anonymity] and while I was living in NJ and NY I have been involved with schools, children and community organizations. My senior project this year has ...

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