Ravitch begins her book with the claim the America’s public schools aren’t broken. Instead, she says, they are under attack from reformers, groups and individuals interested in privatizing education and evaluating school and teacher quality based on test scores. Do you agree with Ravitch’s assertions? Do you find holes or generalizations in her argument so far?
Ravitch also makes it clear that the way we use test scores in public education is doing more harm than good. Do you see any place for standardized testing in schools?
Feel free to answer any of these questions or respond with any thoughts you had on the this week’s reading!