Public Education is Not a Charity. This is Your Best Investment

Lily was on C-Span talking about the use of standardized tests and the state of education in the country, including the effect of poverty on education. She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications, including telephone lines divided between students, parents, educators, and others.

If you missed, here it is:

See the full transcript here.

5 Responses to “Public Education is Not a Charity. This is Your Best Investment”

  1. Jane Watson

    This report referenced on Diane Ravitch’s column today


    “Schools in Context”: The Full Text of a Major Study Comparing the U.S. to Eight Other Nations

    By dianeravitch

    January 20, 2015 //


    The report released today–titled “Schools in Context”– by the National Superintendents Roundtable and the Horace Mann League tells a different story about international comparisons by looking at a broad range of indicators, not just test scores.

    One part of the report is called “The Iceberg Effect,” and it shows what happens when you look only at the tip of the iceberg–test scores. A more complex and more interesting portrait of schools and society emerges when you look at the whole iceberg, not just the part that is easily measured by a standardized test. See the pdf here.

    The full report of “Schools in Context” may be located in this pdf file.

    The countries included in this contextual study are the United States, China, Canada, Finland, Germany, Great

    Britain, France, Italy, and Japan.

    I haven’t read the full report yet, but, despite having been burned by the NPR Summary Report [STILL haven’t understood why both NEA & AFT let THAT slide], decided to read the Executive Summary, which I printed (pages 3-6 & 13 & 14)out as this will be useful information to give to legislators……..

    Nine nations are ranked in 6 dimensions. The U.S. is in the bottom third of economic inequity, social stress, and support for families….

  2. Sarah

    What can parents do to help? How can we help our local low-income schools? How can we make a difference?

    • Jane Watson

      1. listen to your child & her/his friends
      2. Keep in close contact with your child’s teacher – volunteer in the room.
      3. Go to school board meetings – let them get to know you
      4. Contact legislators – local, state, & national
      5. Join SaveOur Schools March,org, Parents Across America, & other blogs such as Diane Ravitch


      listen to your child

  3. Andy Goldstein

    Palm Beach County School Board – Please opt-out of all standardized tests immediately! Our schools have become test-prep factories year-round. If we continue down this path, we will destroy a generation of our children!

  4. TachileikCity

    In some states a union wkoerr can sign a paper stating that they only want their dues to go for collective bargaining for their salary and benefits and not into any political action committee,etc. I did that before I retired since I could not conscienciously vote for the politicians my union advocated since they were pro-abortion and anti-traditional family. I do not know how effective this is, but I think it might help some wkoerrs faced with the same situation. It is good for wkoerrs to get involved in their union and put in pro-life, pro-family people, but most of us are too busy, or are more in line with the Republican platform.


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