The Daily Show: Diane Ravitch on Education

Diane Ravitch : Research Professor of Education at NYU and former United States Assistant Secretary of Education

Awesome interview. She points out the failure that is No Child Left Behind and the correlation between poverty and low performance.

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8 responses to “The Daily Show: Diane Ravitch on Education

  • lbwoodgate

    Of all the places for her to discuss this topic the Daily Show was the least likely. Stewart’s program brings such people on to raise attention to important issues but hardly gives them time to lay their arguments out without cracking a joke or two.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like Stewart and how he parodies the news and comically exposes the hypocrisy and absurdity in all its public and private manifestations. But it was disappointing to see a complicated issue skimmed over too quickly on a humor-based venue.

    Guess I’ll have to buy her book now. 😦

  • Terrance H.

    Diane Ravitch is going to need new strings pretty soon, because hers have been pulled so much, so often – by teacher unions – they’re about to break.

    No Child Left Behind is a failure, no doubt. But to compare Finland to the United States is stupid, as the two countries are radically different cultural wise. She’s comparing apples to tulips, and the liberals are buying into big time.

    We need to overhaul the welfare system so that it focuses on education and work. If you receive welfare money in Michigan, you have to get a job – any job – and work at least 20 hours a week. That’s it. They don’t force education or job training on you – at all. If you receive an EBT card, or food stamps, the only requirements are income related; no obligations – at all. This needs to change.

    Those on welfare should be forced into education if they want to continue receiving state funds, period. If they were engaged in education, perhaps they then might engage their children. Because as of right now, too many people on welfare are morally bankrupt dregs – and little else.

    • SpinnyLiberal

      “Because as of right now, too many people on welfare are morally bankrupt dregs – and little else.”

      Or they’re just poor, Terrance. Dang.
      Anyway, I agree that the welfare system needs an overhaul. I’ve always believed that welfare should be a springboard, temporary help. 3rd and 4th generation welfare is just unacceptable.

      • jjill

        It’s almost amusing how people continue to believe and focus on the “material drain” of poverty on our society while ignoring the “economic drain” of excess wealth and the strategies to maintain it. I wonder how many commentators take the time and the heart to realize the immense emotional, psychological and consequential drain of being born, bred and raised in poverty. Without the real-time awareness that the cycle can be broken, individuals feel little hope. And with the current tide of events, I’d say the more the middle-class and poor battle for the crumbs while the 1% spectate, the more difficult achievements in any area, education included, will become.

      • Terrance H.

        No, Spinny, many are not “just poor.” I grew up in that life, so I know what type of people generally receive welfare money. I was fortunate enough to pull myself out of it, unlike so many other children.

  • runawaylawyer

    NCLB is one of the few Bush initiatives that I think was very well intended (I wrote briefly on it here http://runawaylawyer.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/nclb-ii/#comments) and I applaud the administration for their effort. Unfortunately it is (in hindsight – but isn’t everything?) quite flawed as a practical matter. I haven’t read up on the latest updates to the law since they were announced, but hopefully some of the failings have been patched and improvements will continue to be made.

    I agree with Terrance (make a note of the date) that education (whether academic or skills training) is the key to gainful employment and that we should do everything in our power to encourage financial self-sufficiency. That effort begins in childhood.

    • SpinnyLiberal

      there is nothing bad about pushing kids to reach their potential, even while realizing that some have more potential than others. In addition, kids would be offered career training, for those who are not college bound.

      For me, I think skills or trade training should be a well-funded, strong, and viable option within the schools. Auto mechanics, cosmetology, culinary arts, etc. are great for kids who aren’t interested in university education.

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