Tag Archives: Diane Ravitch

School ‘Reform’: A Failing Grade by Diane Ravitch | The New York Review of Books


Diane Ravitch reviews Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools and As Bad as They Say: Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx. This debate on reform discourse in the US [particularly the implications of the NCLB act] needs to be closely watched/heard by educators elsewhere who are enamoured of the possibilities of […]

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Using Standardised Tests for Accountability?


Are standardised and large scale tests a credible means to measure progress toward ‘reforms?’ It sounds immediately attractive as one. Yet, raising the stakes for large scale standardised tests has not been without its cons. The field of psychometrics owes itself to the attempts to find a way out of the formidable problems presented by […]

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Reform Society First?


Professor James Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University and formerly a professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison’s graduate school of education, has recently written a thought-provoking article in Huffington Post.  He has titled it School Reform is a Dead End, Unless… Says James: A discussion about “society reform” […]

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Diane Ravitch on improving Higher Education in Pakistan


American historian of education, and now NYU professor, was called upon to make a comment on higher education in Pakistan in 2005.  The comment is just as relevant today as it was when made. Her complete article is given at http://dianeravitch.com/improvingstandards.html Below, I quote from her main observations/conclusions: The educational system of a nation is […]

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