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Mary Mills

Prof. Ravitch,

Your book reads like a novel for me, and I concur totally with every point you make about NCLB. I am a retired New Jersey public school teacher. From my experience, I have come to realize that there are innumerable variables that influence student performance, and while the business approach might be fine for the production of things, it does not work with students.

NCLB tends to box in student creativity rather than encouraging students to think ...

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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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Peggy Pastor

Dear Dr. Ravitch,

I just finished reading your latest book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, and I not only enjoyed the historical perspective on how we came to our present state but also found myself nodding my head at your description of the consequences to today’s schools.

I have been in both private and public schools and have been, among other things, a building principal for a total of over 20 years. I presently am principal of ...

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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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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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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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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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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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