School reform: What matters to teachers and students

I’d like to turn the conversation about American public education decidedly combative, says John Flavin for The Oregonian. The enemy of America’s future is anyone who is opposed to increased professional development for teachers; guaranteed classroom sizes of 22 students or fewer; diversified options for students; and the elimination of standardized tests as we know them. Presently, education is crushed by unfunded mandates dealt by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Diane Ravitch, a professor of education, wrote in her book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System”: “I was known as a conservative advocate of many of these policies … I’ve concluded they’re wrong … I don’t think any of this is going to improve public education.”

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