Parents Across America, a new nationwide organization of parents opposing education “deform,” held its inaugural event in New York City on February 7, 2011 with Diane Ravitch as the keynote speaker. Here, Diane covers the entire range of education “deforms” and makes a mockery of it all:
“Corporate reformers close schools and open schools, they move children around like checkers on a checker board . . . and they confuse testing with education. To them, your child is a data point.”
“This testing and accountability obsession is not producing better education. This mindless pursuit of test scores . . . has cheapened education.”
“This corporate reform movement seeks to turn public funding over to private corporations, and seeks to replace professional educators with eager amateurs.”
“And added to these circumstances come the Obama administration’s ‘Race to the Top,’ which supplies billions of federal dollars to persuade states to adopt unproven and even failed reforms.”
No other country in the world is as radically overhauling education as is America. Please spread the word by forwarding this video to anyone interested in reality-based—not corporate based—education reform.