Diane\'s Blog

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 six candidates in the primary, but didn’t quite get it for the general election. However, because of my campaign, thousands of supporters recognized my high regard for you and the work you’ve done in school reform.

Yes, I’m one of those who have quoted you (I’m also a contributing guest columnist for Scripps’ The Tribune just Google me and you’ll see the dozens of published articles I’ve written).

So when a supporter of mine gave me an autographed copy of your book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, I was so elated. She, an ESE teacher, heard you speak in Orlando.

Thank you for what you’re doing, Dr. Ravitch. I love your book and have promoted it on Facebook. Let’s hope there is still hope for public education in our country.

Teri Pinney