Sometimes the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds.

— Diane Ravitch

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American Education has a long history of infatuation with fads and ill-considered ideas. The current obsession with making our schools work like a business may be the worst of them, for it threatens to destroy public education. Who will Stand up to the tycoons and politicians and tell them so?


Testing is not a substitute for curriculum and instruction.

Good education cannot be achieved by a strategy of testing children, shaming educators, and closing schools.


There is something fundamentally antidemocratic about relinquishing control of the public education policy agenda to private foundations run by society's wealthiest people; when the wealthiest of these foundations are joined in common purpose, they represent an unusually powerful force that is beyond the reach of democratic institutions.


Privatizing our public schools makes as much sense as privatizing the fire department or or the police department


Congress and state legislatures should not tell teachers how to teach, any more than they should tell surgeons how to perform operations.


The ladder was there, from the gutter to the university, and for those stalwart enough to ascend it, the schools were a boon and a path out of poverty.


Teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions


Without knowledge and understanding, one tends to become a passive spectator rather than an active participant in the great decisions of our time.


American education has been littered with failed fads and foolish ideas for the past century.


The greatest obstacle to those who hope to reform American education is complacency.


Going to school is not the same as going shopping.

Parents should not be burdened with locating a suitable school for their child. They should be able to take their child to the neighborhood public school as a matter of course and expect that it has well-educated teachers and a sound educational program.


When you realize that your history books and your science books and your literature books are not the result of experts sitting down and making it a wise decision, but of political pressure groups coming to the state textbook hearings, this is wrong.


About Diane Ravitch

Quotes 34 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Historian
Birthday October 16

Testing children until they cry is a bad idea. It is an educational malpractice.


What is happening to teachers now across this nation is a disgrace.

The attacks on them are a blot on our nation. Teachers and students are not different interest groups. Anyone who demeans teachers demeans education and hurts children.


The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.


We will continue to chase rainbows unless we recognize that they are rainbows and there is no pot of gold at the end of them


If charter schools are not more successful on average than the public schools they replace, what is accomplished by demolishing public education? What is the rationale for authorizing for-profit charters or charter management organizations with high-paid executives, since their profits and high salaries are paid by taxpayers' dollars?


Of course, all students should learn African history, as they should learn the history of other continents and major civilizations. But this history should be taught accurately and based on the best scholarship, not ideology or politics.


The person who knows ‘how’ will always have a job.

The person who knows ‘why’ will always be his boss


Can teachers successfully educate children to think for themselves if teachers are not treated as professionals who think for themselves?


Research does not support any part of Race to the Top


When you succeed at keeping almost everyone in school, you must figure out ways to educate everyone you keep in school.


We should totally ban for-profit charters.

For-profit's first obligation is to its stockholders, not to its children.


Accountability makes no sense when it undermines the larger goals of education.


I support charters, but the right kind of charters.

I support charters that support kids who have the highest needs. A charter should be targeting students who are in serious trouble. It should serve students who didn't succeed in public schools when it can help them. Or, at least, charters should agree to accept similar proportions of the kids with the highest needs.


Most people believe that schools were good enough when they were children and that they are good enough now. But the dynamic growth of our system of education has spawned serious problems of educational quality.


You can't lead your troops if your troops do not trust you.


The foundations demand that public schools and teachers be held accountable for performance, but they themselves are accountable to no one. If their plans fail, no sanctions are levied against them. They are bastions of unaccountability.


In DC, policymakers think that if we can only have high enough standards, tough enough tests, and hold people accountable, we can close the achievement gap. And it hasn't happened. Yet the new law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, is based on the same test-based and market-driven framework and ideology, except it lets the states do it.


An attack on public education is an attack on democracy.


One of the persistent ironies of reform is the impossibility of predicting the full consequences of change.


Those who can’t teach, pass laws about how to evaluate teachers.


Unless the schools provide our children with a vision of human possibility that enlightens and empowers them with knowledge and taste, they will simply play their role in someone else's marketing schemes. Unless they understand deeply the sources of our democracy, they will take it for granted and fail to exercise their rights and responsibilities.