Tuesday, June 07, 2011

This Point Cannot Be Made Enough

Diane Ravitch:

None of these schools made adequate yearly progress, and under our punitive federal No Child Left Behind system might have been slated for closure, not for celebration. This system, I think we can agree, makes no sense.

This has happened over and over again in Rhode Island in recent years. It is the kind of thing you'd just assume wasn't possible as a distant observer, but from close up you see it all the time.

And the implication in the long run is that no urban school is or will ever be safe from shame, censure and closure based on the quality of their results. It is all power politics. Only power politics. And money.

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