Watch as Ravitch compares the logic of firing teachers and school staff for low student test scores with firing police officers for high crime rates.
Ravitch received a standing ovation from the audience at the conclusion of her speech. NJEA President Barbara Keshishian presented Ravitch with a t-shirt that NJEA has produced which reads “Educators in the Lead” on the front and “Follow me” on the back.
Below, NJEA member Marie Corfield models the NJEA t-shirt.
Diane Ravitch, education historian and author, will be speaking at the plenary session at Convention on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hall A.
Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a historian of education. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
Since the publication of her most recent book, The Death and Life of the Great American School system: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (2010), Ravitch has served as the voice of reason in the education reform debate.
Once an assistant secretary of education in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, Ravitch led the education standards movement and hailed the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act. But after witnessing the damaging effects of the nation’s obsession with standardized testing, she has become an important advocate for public education and teachers as she calls for a research-based approach to education reform.
The author of 10 books and editor of 14, Ravitch shares a blog called Bridging Differenceswith Deborah Meier. The blog is hosted by Education Week. Her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. She posts on Twitter as @DianeRavitch.