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by Diane Ravitch

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools download ebook
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Diane Ravitch
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Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error takes the myths surrounding public education head on and provides her readers with logic and reasoning sorely missing from the current debate

Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error takes the myths surrounding public education head on and provides her readers with logic and reasoning sorely missing from the current debate. Diane is a fierce warrior against the so-called reformers whose ideology exacerbates the problems of poverty and inequity. Reign of Error takes on each of the common myths and blows them up with the reformers’ own holy grail–DATA!! Data that disputes the miracle schools, the effects of poverty and myth of the dropout factors.

I believe that privatizing our public schools is a risky and dangerous project. Our Schools Are at Risk. In the early years of the twenty-first century, a bipartisan consensus arose about educational policy in the United States. Right and left, Democrats and Republicans, the leading members of our political class and our media elite seemed to agree: Public education is broken. Our students are not learning enough. Public schools are bad and getting worse. We are being beaten by other nations with higher test scores.

and funding from our public schools. In Reign of Error, Diane Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public schools in this country. She makes clear that, contrary to the claims being made, public school test scores and graduation rates are the highest they've ever been, and dropout rates are at their lowest point.

In Reign of Error, Diane Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public schools in this country

In Reign of Error, Diane Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public schools in this country. She makes clear that, contrary to the claims being made, public school test scores and graduation rates are the highest they’ve ever been, and dropout rates are at their lowest point

In Reign of Error, noted education policy critic Diane Ravitch decries the school choice movement, takes aim at charter .

In Reign of Error, noted education policy critic Diane Ravitch decries the school choice movement, takes aim at charter schools, and promotes public schools over all other kinds. Diane Ravitch-author of landmark works such as The Great School Wars (2000) and The Death and Life of the Great American School System (2010)-is a veteran in the public school debate. In her latest book, Reign of Error (2013), she reenters the ring ready for a fight. Just read the subtitle: the Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools.

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch, 396 pages, Knopf, September 2013. If you’re anything like me, you shy away from talk of politics, current events, or any kind of legislative issues for two reasons: fear of sounding ignorant, and fear of being attacked.

From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former . assistant secretary of education, an incisive, comprehensive look at today’s American school system that argues against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the privatization movement that is draining students and funding from our public schools. In a chapter-by-chapter breakdown she puts forth a plan for what can be done to preserve and improve our public schools. She makes clear what is right about .

Diane Ravitch, The Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatiza. September 2014 · Schools Studies in Education. Article January 2015 · Journal of Urban Affairs.

In her new book, Reign of Error, she brilliantly describes each of these distortions of the relationships that connect teachers, students . Ravitch proposes 11 solutions that will help to repair and restore public education.

In her new book, Reign of Error, she brilliantly describes each of these distortions of the relationships that connect teachers, students, parents, and teacher educators. Her own history as a professional educator adds weight to her critique: She received appointments to public office from Presidents George . Bush and Bill Clinton, and she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board. She was an early and vocal supporter of the charter school movement and the legislation known as No Child Left Behind-both of which she now criticizes strongly.

From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, “whistle-blower extraordinaire” (The Wall Street Journal), author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System (“Important and riveting”—Library Journal), The Language Police (“Impassioned . . . Fiercely argued . . . Every bit as alarming as it is illuminating”—The New York Times), and other notable books on education history and policy—an incisive, comprehensive look at today’s American school system that argues against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the privatization movement that is draining students and funding from our public schools.In Reign of Error, Diane Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public schools in this country. She makes clear that, contrary to the claims being made, public school test scores and graduation rates are the highest they’ve ever been, and dropout rates are at their lowest point.She argues that federal programs such as George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind and Barack Obama’s Race to the Top set unreasonable targets for American students, punish schools, and result in teachers being fired if their students underperform, unfairly branding those educators as failures. She warns that major foundations, individual billionaires, and Wall Street hedge fund managers are encouraging the privatization of public education, some for idealistic reasons, others for profit. Many who work with equity funds are eyeing public education as an emerging market for investors.Reign of Error begins where The Death and Life of the Great American School System left off, providing a deeper argument against privatization and for public education, and in a chapter-by-chapter breakdown, putting forth a plan for what can be done to preserve and improve it. She makes clear what is right about U.S. education, how policy makers are failing to address the root causes of educational failure, and how we can fix it.For Ravitch, public school education is about knowledge, about learning, about developing character, and about creating citizens for our society. It’s about helping to inspire independent thinkers, not just honing job skills or preparing people for college. Public school education is essential to our democracy, and its aim, since the founding of this country, has been to educate citizens who will help carry democracy into the future.

Reviews:
  • Ausstan
What qualities do parents want to see in their children’s schools? Well, Diane Ravitch, a professor at NYU and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, sensibly observes that most parents want their neighborhood schools to offer an educational experience not unlike those available at America’s elite schools, such as Sidwell Friends, where the Obama Girls are students, or Andover, where George Bush was a cheerleader. And what’s so special about these elite schools? Small class sizes, rich curriculums, experienced and accomplished teachers, and a rich ecosystem of support that helps to manage problems when students lose focus or fall behind.

So how does Ravitch’s commonsensical observation apply to troubled public schools, where students frequently suffer the many burdens of poverty and the limited horizons associated with racial segregation? Well, society should find a way so that these public schools offer the same rich educational environment as elite schools, only more so.

In REIGN OF ERROR: THE HOAX OF THE PRIVITIZATION MOVEMENT AND THE DANGER TO AMERICA’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Ravitch reviews what today’s self-appointed reformists are doing to change public education (chapters 1-20) and the modifications in our approach to public school systems that sheer commonsense says will make a difference (chapters 21-33).

In dealing with the so-called educational reformers, such as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Ravitch points out such facts as:

o The core supporters of charter schools, school choice through vouchers, and virtual schools are often Libertarians who, as a matter of principle, oppose public services of all kinds, including the public management of education.

o Deep-pocket foundations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, support these so-called reformers, who have solutions for closing the achievement gaps between white and black and wealthy and poor students. These include: “We want a great teacher in every classroom. Class size doesn’t matter. Teachers should be paid more if their students get higher scores and should be fired if they don’t get higher scores. Teachers should have their seniority and tenure stripped from them. Bad teachers cause the achievement gap. Teachers’ unions don’t care about the students. Replacing teachers with online instruction not only works but cuts costs…” Observes Ravitch: “This is a seductive message because if offers hope that someone knows how to fix difficult problems.”

o In general, the test results of students at charter schools are no better than those at public schools after the test results of charters are adjusted to eliminate distortions caused by lottery enrollment mechanisms, short enrollment windows, a paucity of special needs students, and a culture of culling of students who are behavior problems. And test results at voucher and virtual schools actually tend to even worse.

o The big educational initiatives of the last two Presidential administrations—Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” and Obama’s “Race to the Top” enforce a regimen known as “testing, accountability, and choice.” Educational measures that this regimen foster include: diversion of school resources and class time to prepare for standardized testing; merit pay; and unrealistic accountability standards which can be used to rate and close schools (NCLB) and rate and terminate teachers (RttT). Observes Ravitch: “All of these ideas were highly contested; not one has a strong body of evidence or research to support it or to justify the imposition of so many different and untested changes at the same time.”

So what alternatives does Ravitch propose? Her final 12 chapters have such titles as: “The Early Years Count”, “The Essentials of Good Education”, “Class Size Matters”, “Measure Knowledge and Skills with Care”, and “Strengthen the Profession.” See? Commonsense.

Ravitch gets the last word, which is an excerpt from her chapter entitled “The Toxic Mix.” “For every ‘miracle’ school celebrated by the media, there are scores of ‘dumpster schools’ where the low-performing students are unceremoniously hidden away. This is not school reform… It is social neglect. It is a purposeful abandonment of public responsibility to address deep-seated problems that only public policy can overcome.”

Highly recommended.
  • Scoreboard Bleeding
This book is a must read for anyone who cares about the quality of education in this country. How politics, greed and ideology are undermining our educational system is clearly illustrated.

Damage or destroy the education of our children and you have the means to undermine our country: teach the children how to memorize instead of think, damage teaching as a profession, use the school to indoctrinate instead of educate, place investors' interests over the interests of the children, place control of the educational system in the hands of a few instead of in the community. There have always been those who want to educate the majority of the children to do as they are told so that these same children grow up to be compliant adults, not questioning the motives of our leaders.

I would recommend this book be read by anyone who care about their community.

ONE VERY LARGE NEGATIVE REGARDS THE KINDLE VERSION. The Kindle version does not show page numbers which makes it unsuitable for book clubs or group discussions where other group members have the hardbound or paperback versions.
  • *Nameless*
A very interesting insight into the privatization of the public school system, as well as the political factors swaying it. Surprisingly engaging, I got through it pretty quick. Ravitch makes some eye-opening statements and revelations. As with ANY reading, however, consider that there are two sides to every story, and this book leans heavily to one side. As a proponent of the public school and someone who is skeptical of privatization and the overall reform agenda, I encourage you to explore other perspectives as well.

Well written, and her claims and counterclaims are often validated with evidence. A staple read if you're into the changing education system!
  • Snake Rocking
"Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Dangers to America's Public Schools. " by Diane Ravitch.
Even despite the fact it was a bit dry and tedious on occasions, I found a lot of good information in it.
I have always been a supporter of Public Schools in this country. I don't think there is anything wrong with Public Schools that a little time, money and interested people can't fix. All of my family have attended them from my Mother and Father both, in the early part of the last century to my Grandchildren the last of whom graduated in 2010. But, when state budgets start getting cut, education is always the first place they start cutting. Then the privatization vultures move in for the kill and shove part of those funds to 'for profit schools' which they tout as being a cure-all for something they have deliberately created (an educational crisis). They are deliberately setting public schools up to fail when they start taking funds away. It's one the politician's oldest tricks when they want to get rid of a public institution...start starving it to death of funds to operate. They are currently do it to the Post Office, that's going to wind up being another victim of their excessive greed and ignorance. And once more the public will suffer and pay through the nose for their greed.
Only a complete fool would try and sell the idea that economic advantages and poverty doesn't have something to do with children's abilities to learn. The ones who try and peddle this fallacy are also the ones who go out of their way to ignore poverty and pretend those who are in poverty are there because they want to be or are lazy. Their ideology will not allow them to look at the reasons for why poverty is growing. If they did they might have to abandon their wrongheaded policies. They cut food stamps and every other program designed to help the poor. While giving the rich another huge tax break they don't need. They claim giving the poor a helping hand is only making them dependent upon Government. They refuse to recognize poverty exists, because if they did they would be required to do something about it...which they don't want to do. It's easier to whine and belly ache about it. The excuses are endless and infuriating.
I am no big fan of privatization either. As far as I am concerned it's the biggest rip off that politician's have foisted on the public for 30 years now. It winds up costing the taxpayer twice as much for these 'for profit' schemes of politician's than it would if the Government did it. These 'for profit' people are in the business to make money, and if they don't make profits they get out of the business and won't bother. These Charter Schools are an unproven scheme they have come up with and are fraught with problems too. That much I know from local ones in my area. They don't operate by the same set of rules Public schools do (they don't have to accept all students and can kick them out when they feel like it, they are able to have small class sizes and pick only the best students) and when you are able to pick and choose who you want to educate it's always going to outperform ones who don't have that advantage. They are shoving money at a unproven idea again and down the public's throat and expecting us to buy it. Where a lot of these people think Government can't do anything right...as far as I am concerned private businesses are far bigger screw ups. These last 30 years have brought out some monumental failures of private business. And there have been some huge ones from the privatization of the Iraq war that cost the taxpayer billions in wasted tax dollars that were thrown at a nonexistent problem, to the disaster I see in education these days. One that has been created by the privatization of some public schools.
The Public Schools have managed to educated this country and do it well for years. They took everyone in rich or poor and gave them the same quality of education. It looks to me like there is going to be a section of poor children that are as always going to get left out. And not receive a decent education they are entitled to as citizens. Which in a Democracy is essential. But, since the corporate world has taken over, we have had a constant bashing of public schools and misinformation being peddled to an ignorant public willing to eat it up. They have gotten decidedly worse due to the machinations that are promoted by the privatization junkies. Those who are critic's of public education have an agenda. The biggest one Christian's who don't like science, teaching evolution and sex education in schools, hate Government and want to get religion back in schools anyway they can even if they have to privatize them to do it. They are able to get religion in Charter schools and in several states have managed to, because they are private schools until they want taxpayer money then they suddenly become public schools but not bound by the same rules public schools are. They have control of one of our political parties now. Since they have taken over, our schools have become a disaster.
I can honestly see why the schools are failing. With so much emphasis being put on testing and test scores and not enough on actual learning and teaching children. The type of people who claim to be reformers and trying to run them like a business. Which is a terrible way to be running education. So I can see why it's a disaster. So it appears that the failure rest with the way things are being done in this day and age. They need to get back to the basics that were taught 50 years ago when I went to school. There weren't the monumental problems with public schools there are today.