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  • The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Diane Ravitch
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this best-selling expose of national policy gone wrong, America's foremost historian of education, Diane Ravitch, renounces her support for reform policies implemented over the past decade that she says are wrecking America's cherished tradition of public education.

    Mark says: "Finally, a reality check on teaching and learning"
    "Useful information: What's Education For?"
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    If you could sum up The Death and Life of the Great American School System in three words, what would they be?

    thought-provoking, statistical, research-based


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The description of a business model for education, as though learning were a market commodity, and the damage that model does to useful learning in our schools.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the New York educational "reform", and the flawed statistics that supported the results as effective.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No! Way too dense. One disadvantage of audiobooks is that a report like this, with reference to many statistics in the narrative, is difficult to follow--hard to remember what numbers were cited a few paragraphs ago. In printed books, you can just flip back.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the fact-based investigation and arguments Ravitch offered, and will be watching our own schools to see if they can move away from "teaching to the test", a move that both of my daughters, both schoolteachers, find is an impediment to their ability to educate their students, especially in critical thinking and problem-solving.

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