Friday, March 05, 2010
Yes. Yes Yes Yes.
Diane Ravitch on today's Democracy Now! (emphasis added):
I believed always in a strong curriculum. That was considered very conservative. If you believed that children should study history and geography and real things, you’re conservative in the academic world, because you’re not supposed to believe in a real curriculum. I believe that it’s not conservative; it’s actually very liberal and empowering to have real knowledge. So this has always been my shtick, is kids of all backgrounds should have lots of knowledge. If you want to empower people, you give them access to the knowledge of the world.It turns out that No Child Left Behind is a big fraudy failure. Gosh, who could have seen that coming?