America's education reform movement -- the most significant reform movement in the history of this planet -- is just concluding another amazing school year. Politicians of all stripes and parties have come together to say, "We will not accept inferior teachers destroying the lives of our children anymore".
With grim budget cuts necessitating layoffs, we are reminded once again that seniority based layoffs make as much sense as saying that U2 should have to keep Bono as their lead singer just because he's been with the band for 30 years and has tenure.
For the past 30 years, education reformers have had to fight the forces of the status quo, but in that time we have agreed that certain changes must be made to education:
These points are the hallmark of true education reform. They bind together Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee, Chris Cristie, Arne Duncan, and myself. Several forces of the status quo have naturally opposed these moves, but lately one of the worst critics has been Diane Ravitch.
- The business principles that have made our economy great should be applied to our schools as well.
- We need a common curriculum
- We need frequent standardized testing
- We need a longer day and school year to allow more time for increased test prep
- We need a rich curriculum focused like a laser on only math and reading
- We need an end to tenure and LIFO policies
- Younger perkier teachers are superior to the old saddle horses who too often dominate public education.
- The best teachers for poor inner city students are young, preferably Ivy League educated young people from well to do families.
- Charter schools are superior to public schools because they can council students into leaving and public schools must teach everybody.
- We should fire the bottom 1/3 of all teachers every year.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Why Does Diane Ravitch Hate Children?
Just brilliant satire---