Diane Ravitch wrote this about high stakes testing: The problem was the misuse of testing for high-stakes purposes, the belief that tests could identify with certainty which students should be held back, which teachers and principals should be fired or rewarded, and which schools should be closed – and the idea that these changes would inevitably produce better education. Policy decisions that were momentous for students and educators came down from elected officials who did not understand the limitations of testing. From page 150 in her 2010 book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
Much has changed during the last three years. By Ravitch’s own admission, her new book is clearer about the abuses of high-stakes testing. She provides clear suggestions and solutions to these ills.
Go HERE to advance order her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools which will be released on September 17, 2013.
If possible, go to her presentations during her national tour. (See the bottom of this article or visit her site for more up-to-date inclusions HERE.)
Tests created and slanted to fail 70% of students are destructive and purposeful. Every parent of children from the 70% worries about the short and long term harm caused by labeling the child as a failure and a loser. Every parent of children from the 30% worries about the short and long term harm caused by the stress and possibility of future failure inflicted by this profit motivated high-stakes testing movement.
This destructive movement must be ended by parents who know better and understand that solutions are possible.
(In addition to the dates listed above on the flier, Diane Ravitch’s tour will include the following.)
Monday, September 16:
6:00 pm: Great Public Schools Pittsburgh at the Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
Tuesday, September 17:
7:30 pm: Philadelphia Free Library event in Montgomery Auditorium, 1901 Vine St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.
Wednesday, September 25:
6:30 pm: North High School, 2960 N. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80211. (Co-sponsored by the Denver Classroom Teachers Association).
Thursday, September 26:
7:00 pm: University of Washington, location TBA
Friday, September 27:
6:30 pm: Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814. (Co-sponsored by the Sacramento City Teachers Association).
Saturday, September 28:
7:00 pm: Martin Luther King Middle School, 1781 Rose St., Berkeley. (Co-sponsored by KPFA, Berkeley Federation of Teachers, and Oakland Education Association).
Monday, September 30:
PALO ALTO/SAN FRANCISCO
Tuesday, October 1:
7:00 pm: Occidental College, Thorne Hall, 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041.
Wednesday, October 2:
7:00 pm: College of Education at California State University, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330.
Tuesday, October 8:
7:30 pm: Brooklyn By the Book, Congregation Beth Elohim and Community Bookstore, 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215. (Diane will be in conversation with David Denby of the New Yorker).
Thursday, October 10:
7:30 pm: Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI 49855.
Tuesday, October 15:
KINGSTON, RHODE ISLAND
6:30 pm: University of Rhode Island School of Education, Kingston, RI 02881.
Friday, October 18:
7:00 p.m. — Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008.
Friday, November 1:
Monday, November 4:
8:00 pm: Princeton University
Wednesday, November 13:
7:30 pm: Women & Children First at First Free Church, 5255 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640.
Friday, November 22:
Friday, December 6
Please Note: Other dates to be announced, details subject to change. Details to be forthcoming as they become available.