Diane\'s Blog

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. Some of them speak 3 languages as well as pretty good street English so they are not by any means slow. Tests just kill them.

It drives me crazy to hear all the non fact based BS that floats around as informed opinion.

Blessings on your efforts,
Paul R. Nevergold