Thursday, February 10, 2011

I originally had a mean headline but my better angels swooped in*

Not only is Diane Ravitch a knee-jerk liberal catspaw of the unions, she's also a right wing extremist:
Admittedly, I have only skimmed the book, but it is not hard to find evidence that Dr. Ravitch has not left all of her highly conservative views behind. She blames the familiar bogeymen of the religious right for many of the problems in American public education, notably constructivism and whole language with the selective citing of easily refuted research. Her naive understanding of learning theory or learner-centered pedagogy is like that of a teacher education student or mom who just returned home from a “Tea Party” rally.
In the education debate, you don't have a left/right divide; you have a Möbius strip.

*R.I.P. Gerry Rafferty

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