Friday, April 9, 2010

What Type of School Reform Do We Really Need? Diane Ravitch, Lois Weiner and Edward Fergus

Link to a video of an interesting forum: held a few weeks ago.

Lois Weiner has been one of the leading critics of the neo-liberal agenda.

I believe Deb Meier was supposed to be there and Diane Ravitch subbed for her. Diane has not been know to address the neo-liberal agenda in the manner of others, in indeed, has often been accused of being part of the agenda in the past. So this video should be worth checking out.

I don't know of Fergus.

What Type of School Reform Do We Really Need?

A public discussion featuring Diane Ravitch, Lois Weiner, Edward Fergus

Diane Ravitch -- Author of over twenty books, former Assistant Secretary of Education under President George H. W. Bush, and currently research professor of education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. In her latest book she explains why she’s changed her mind and now views testing and choice as barriers to public education.

Lois Weiner -- Professor in the College of Education at New Jersey City University; Editorial Board member and education editor of 'New Politics' magazine; and former long time New York City high school teacher.

Edward Fergus -- Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University. A former high school teacher, he continues to provide technical assistance and analysis on education policy and research to school districts. He has published various articles on disproportionality in special education, race/ethnicity in schools, and author of 'Skin Color and Identity Formation: Perceptions of Opportunity and Academic Orientation among Mexican and Puerto Rican Youth'.


Anonymous said...

Come on Norm. We're waiting for your analysis of the election and what this means for ICE and TJC.

Anonymous said...

This blog reports on so many events and issues facing educators. A contract in DC that Weingarten supports, the mayhem in Detroit. Moskowitz in Harlem on Monday. Pave charter schools at PS 15 on Wednesday. Class size matters this weekend. The Ravitch book. And this is all the Unity schmuck is interested in. It explains a lot about the UFT no matter what the election returns were. You just elected a new captain for the Titanic with the iceberg 10 feet away.