What Progressives Can Do to Stop the War on Public Education

What Progressives Can Do to Stop the War on Public Education

American public education is under concerted attack: Americans are told we are failing in international comparisons, urged to blame teachers and break their unions, turn more of our public education system over to private interests and rely ever more upon tests to make critical decision.

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RT @jeffbcdm: John Jackson: ALEC version in education is Stand for Children. It’s a "wolf in sheep’s clothing" #NN12CTA
@DianeRavitch: this is not just about education. This is about the future of democracy #NN12NEA Public Relations
round of applause for @DianeRavitch when she says saving public education is saving our democracy. #nn12VIVA Teachers
Public education panel at #NN12 http://pic.twitter.com/zXpmCpcoPromiseNeighbor
RT @K12NN: Great Q RT @jeffbcdm Next Q at #NN12 edu panel fr Long Island teacher of 36 years: What can we do to counter the "media war on education"NEA Public Relations
@schottotl education is a civil right. Amen! #NN12 great panel!PromiseNeighbor
Diane Ravitch education panel. #nn12 http://pic.twitter.com/z3YZddOERep. Diane Russell
RT @NEAMedia: John Johnson at #edu #NN12: #ALEC version on education is Stand for Children…wolf in sheep’s clothing.James Bramhall
RT @NEAMedia: @DianeRavitch: Wake the town, tell the people: #ALEC wants to end public education. Keep pressure on ALEC sponsors. #NN12Elisa Batista
RT @briantashman: Ravitch: what we now have as the main narrative on education is the right-wing agenda #nn12RightWingWatch MA
RT @briantashman: Ravitch: Romney education plan will redistribute funds away from public schools to religious schools that don’t teach evolution #nn12Allison Peters
Bernstein: we cannot fix education without looking at the issues (poverty) that wrap around it #NN12John McDaid
@teacherken – we can’t deal with education in isolation from the question of poverty. We have the highest rate of poverty in OECD #NN12Steve Owens
John Johnson at #edu #NN12: #ALEC version on education is Stand for Children…wolf in sheep’s clothing.NEA Public Relations
RT @NEAMedia: John Johnson at #edu #NN12: #ALEC version on education is Stand for Children…wolf in sheep’s clothing.Samantha Kappalman
Currently reading the tweets of @jeffbcdm who is live tweeting the panel featuring @DianeRavitch at #NN12 http://bit.ly/LivWrA #edreformTeacherReality
RT @Fara1: Education panel about to discuss the media’s war on public education. Hardly hyperbole. Even NPR’s coverage sponsored by Gates Found. #NN12NEA Public Relations
RT @NEAMedia: @DianeRavitch: Wake the town, tell the people: #ALEC wants to end public education. Keep pressure on ALEC sponsors. #NN12Samantha Kappalman
Amazing #edu panel at #NN12 w @DianeRavitch @TeacherKen and John Johnson. http://pic.twitter.com/YOO0buHWNEA Public Relations
@dianeravitch – Trayvon Martin exposed ALEC, now education privatization is exposed too. #NN12Steve Owens
@DianeRavitch: Wake the town, tell the people: #ALEC wants to end public education. Keep pressure on ALEC sponsors. #NN12NEA Public Relations
Ravitch: state politicians are getting their education bill language verbatim from ALEC, they want to take public schools away #nn12Brian Tashman
"Too often we try to teach kids trying to swim in pools with no water" -John H. Jackson at #NN12 #educationMartha Infante
"Too often we want students to swim, but we are giving them pools w no water" – John H Jackson about the education opportunity #NN12High School Equity
RT @bobplain: #ALEC has 21 anti-education bills … they are trying to privatize education system. #NN12Patrick Crowley
RT @NEAMedia: #NN12 #edu audience question: How do we fight #ALEC money agenda that controls state legislatures, education. Ans: http://ALECexposed.orgMartha Infante
A good resource on education policy: http://dianeravitch.net and @dianeravitch. #NN12Bob Plain
#NN12 audience: We must focus on mothers. My kids got a great education regardless of school because of my work (w. school, kids).NEA Public Relations
At a great panel on what progressives can do to save public education with @DianeRavitch Kenneth Bernstein & John H Jackson #nn12Tracy Viselli
Live-tweeting the panel on the education reform/deform debate w Diane Ravitch, others. Here’s the livestream: http://ow.ly/bs2hPRIFUTURE
If teachers’ unions were the problem in education, southern schools would be better and Massachusetts schools wouldn’t be as strong. #NN12Bob Plain
RT @amyeritter: "Public school works" -John H Jackson, war on public education panel http://instagr.am/p/Lndrk1gIKG/ #nn12Leo Cruz
@OTLCampaign @DianeRavitch Livestreaming now re War on Public Education -corrected link #NN12 http://www.livestream.com/fstvnewswireLori Villarosa
RT @jeffbcdm: @DianeRavitch at #NN12 the people who want to destroy public education start with the narrative that "public schools are broken"FrankMaurizio
RT @jeffbcdm: John Jackson at #NN12: "The public education system works!"NYSUT
@ the How Progressives can Fight for Public Education. Only 17% of charters out perform traditional public schools. #NN12Kate Brock
RT @BOR: Texas caucus at #nn12 talking education funding, ALEC http://yfrog.com/mnjotwjLinda Allen
RT @JustinConley: Diane Ravitch discussing the push to privatize public education and the assault on education. #NN12 #nc http://yfrog.com/kl61bnaejSteve Owens
Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University. She is a prolific tweeter and blogger (Bridging Differences, Huffington Post, politico.com). Author or editor of more than 20 books, her latest book was a national best-seller, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.” She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

RT @jeffbcdm: @DianeRavitch at #NN12 the people who want to destroy public education start with the narrative that "public schools are broken"NEA Public Relations
John H. Jackson: "Race and ethnicity play a huge role" in education policy. #NN12Sharoney
John H. Jackson

On July 2, 2007, Dr. John H. Jackson became the President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education. In this role, Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after seven productive years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve in his administration as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Jackson possesses a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Jackson served on the Obama-Biden transition team as a member of the President’s 13-member Education Policy Transition Work Group.

RT @jeffbcdm: @DianeRavitch at #NN12 the people who want to destroy public education start with the narrative that "public schools are broken"FrankMaurizio
@DianeRavitch clearly lays out the War on Public Education at #nn12 mentions #Jindal and Louisiana #nolaedKarran Harper Royal
Moderator Kenneth Bernstein

Coming to the end of a 17 year public school teaching career, teacherken as Ken Bernstein is known remains active online on educational and other issues of interest, such as the environment, human rights, civil liberties, and economic equity. He has degrees from Haverford, St. Charles Seminary, and Johns Hopkins and additional graduate studies at UVa and Catholic. He has resided in Arlington VA since 1982, and is married with (now only) 4 cats. Ken is National Board Certified in Social Studies and was a 2010 Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher. He previously led panels on Education at YearlyKos in Las Vegas in 2006 and Chicago in 2007, and on politically active youth at Netroots Nation in Austin in 2007. He was one of the organizer’s of 2011′s Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action in Washington DC.

.@teacherken: student voice is ignored. We’re doing education to our kids, rather than engaging them in their own education #nn12Steve Fletcher
RT @JustinConley: Diane Ravitch discussing the push to privatize public education and the assault on education. #NN12 #nc http://yfrog.com/kl61bnaejVIVA Teachers

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3 Responses to “What Progressives Can Do to Stop the War on Public Education”

  1. Londra Hunter

    Progressives can do a lot to end wars on education. I say wars because each state has the same war, but it is waged on a tailored-made front genuine to that state. This is one reason the war continues and we are pressed on every side; because the enemy is not recognizable in its many formats and efforts. A test is a tool of a propaganda machine.
    Progressives must advertise that a child is more than a test score. As educators, we must show other measures independent of high stakes testing that depict intelligence of a child in its many formats. Also, show that a test score is not the ultimate tool and results of a high test score with the child’s low core of knowledge. We had students who test well but yet struggle academically due to lack of common knowledge. The word test must be replaced with best. Strive to bring out the child best irresponsive of the test score.

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  2. Beverly Whygles

    This a wonderful activity

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  3. Tommie Leades

    As educators and members of the National Educaton Association we must step forward to end the attack on OUR profession. Teaching is the profession that begins all others and we must provide a quality education to every student in this country. If the youth in America do not recieve a quality education the production and success of our country with suffer and we will not be the great nation that we know we are.

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