Sunday, November 27, 2011

Paul Douglas Sanner Hey friends ~ I am hosting a NEW weekly Monday night (11/28) Open Mic at the American Classic Tavern (8-11pm) and I need your help getting it rolling please :) Address: 909 Parkside Walk Lane, Lawrenceville, GA. They have a GREAT stage and use this Open Mic to audition bands for paid gigs! PDS

November 27, 2011 07:00 AM
By Susie Madrak

It's really interesting that so little in-depth attention is given by the corporate media to the many, many problems with privatizing our school systems. It's especially interesting that Diane Ravitch is so widely ignored, considering her former role in the Bush Administration and subsequent recanting of those policies:

Education historian Diane Ravitch blasted the education-reform movement as a "well-funded, well-coordinated campaign to privatize as many schools as possible" during a sold-out speech in Seattle on Thursday night.

During an hourlong appearance, Ravitch criticized teacher-evaluation systems as "crazy," called the No Child Left Behind Act "the death star of American education" and argued charter schools "divide communities."

"American public education is under attack," Ravitch said. "False claims are made about achievement. False claims are made about teachers. False claims are made about what's needed to improve the schools."

Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education for President George H.W. Bush and an early champion of education reform, eventually concluded the reform movement was misguided and led by corporations.



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