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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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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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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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John Watkins

Professor Ravitch,

I’ve just read your piece in the NYRB re your charter schools and have felt obliged to respond — just about a first for me regarding anything concerning formalised education. At 75-plus and a 40-year career in UK secondary sector state education behind me, I was delighted to read such a relevant, perceptive and sharply focused critique.

Most academic contributions to the public/private debate this side of the pond show a woeful knowledge of the chalkface. We are currently contemplating, ...

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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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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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Stanley D. Whelchel

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

I read with great interest your article The State Of Public Education Today in the ISEA Communique, Oct. / Nov., 2010 – Vol. 47, No. 2. You summarized all of the problems in NCLB very well. NCLB has been a disaster for public education since its inception. If legislators, and school administrators want to see standardized test results improve then they have to put the pressure right directly where it belongs — on the shoulders of the students ...

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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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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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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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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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