Diane Ravitch's speech at the SOS march: we shall prevail!

Excerpt:   This is a historic day.  I am a historian.  There has never before been a spontaneous grassroots org of teachers, parents and students all coming together to say save our schools…Promise yourself you will never forget this day!

Today we join to protest the status quo. The status quo of high stakes testing, the status quo of attacks on the teaching  profession, the status quo of privatization.  The status quo is wrong; don’t let them say you’re defending the status quo; the status quo stinks!

Today, we’re here to protest NCLB and RTTT which are the same thing.  Today we protest the mindless closing of schools… punishing schools simply because they enroll high numbers of high needs students.

We protest of wholesale firing of teachers and principals.  We’re here to insist that the public schools are a public trust; they are not shoe stores.  We insist when children have low test scores, they need help, they need attention, they don’t need to have their schools closed.

We protest the billions spent on tests, on test prep, on test security. We protest the imposition of business values on education; we protest the idea that principals and teachers will work harder if they are offered bonuses, and live in fear of being fired. Carrots and sticks are for donkeys,  not professionals!

We protest the idea of turning education into a race; education is a right not a race.  Races have one or two winners and everyone else is a loser.  Our goal is for all children to be winners of their own lives. No losers!  …Education policy should be designed by educators and not by politicians….

We are many, they are few. …Let us strive for excellence and insist on equity….We shall persist and we shall prevail.

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8 Responses to Diane Ravitch's speech at the SOS march: we shall prevail!

  1. Anon

    We insist when children have low test scores, they need help, they need attention, they don’t need to have their schools closed.

    Of course, God forbid that the reason they haven’t learned enough is because of any failing on the school’s or teachers’ part. That’s simply impossible. If a student doesn’t learn enough, it’s completely the fault of the student/family/neighborhood/poverty, and no school or teacher ever has any shortcoming whatsoever (except that they’ll all cheat if given the chance).

    • Seriously!

      Anon: Before you judge…why don’t you find out what you are talking about.

    • Mollie McGeehon

      Diane Ravitch speaks the truth. Besides harming the children who struggle NCLB leaves the bright children behind as well. My child was left to just sit at a computer and not given any enrichment in fifth grade in math because the teacher is so afraid that all must meet the goal of FCAT achievement, which is not high enough for many kids. NCLB leaves America behind and something tells me your mind is not open enough to learn what is really happening before you make your judgement. This is now what America is about.

  2. Opportunity

    “Our goal is to prepare all children to be winners in there own lives… ” YES

    Great schools cannot be built on a foundation of punishment and threats..YES

    Our commitment is to free quality education for every child ….YES

    Save Our Public Schools … the corner stone of egalitarian society.. YES

  3. Ross fallen

    It is happening right across the western world in public eductaion. Cost cutting, blaming teachers, undervaluing what we do. In Australia 7500 teacher jobs shed and another 8000 looming on our east coast. On our west coast they are building school autonomy but it is simply to save money. Tell me where in the western world charter, or autonnomous schools or whatver you want to call the Klein fad has produced the results. It is simply a ruse to devolve state responsibility for public education. If it works where is the evidence???????

  4. Ms. Evans EVS Orlando Tutor

    Your strength and courage to stand for the toughest challenges our nation faces in providing quality education is inspiring and humbling. I listen with swelling tears in my eyes and a smile. Thank you for your life time of dedication to issues that matter most. Our nation’s schools cannot stand alone and require scholars and activists to speak out on behalf of those who may not be able to. thank you, thank you, thank you

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