Education

What Diane Would Do: Ravitch’s Stance on NCLB Differs From Pundit’s Vision

November 10, 2008 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

David Brooks of The New York Times is dreaming of an Obama administration that defies traditional Democratic policies.

He’d like to see “liberal Republicans” like Diane Ravitch, McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, and former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent working for the new president.

These people will be take stances that are neither conservative nor liberal. Among other things, “they’ll insist on merit pay and preserving No Child Left Behind’s accountability standards, no matter what the teachers’ unions say.”

Like a lot of dreams, this one doesn’t make sense. Diane Ravitch is about as anti-NCLB as commenter John Thompson (see his latest argument against the law and two Washington insiders’ forecast for it).

Take a look at some of the things Ravitch has written or said about NCLB in the past year:

By now, even [NCLB's] defenders understand that the people who must implement the law are hostile to it and know it is unworkable." On Bridging Differences, Oct. 27 "NCLB has narrowed the curriculum, made a fetish of testing and test prepping, and has invaded the classroom in ways that are harmful to teaching." During a Sept. 24 at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Watch the debate in the video embedded below. The quote is at about the 12 minute mark. "Despite the rosy claims of the Bush administration, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 is fundamentally flawed." Writing in The New York Times, Oct. 3, 2007

If David Brooks actually wants accountability to survive in the next generation of NCLB, he better hope his dream doesn’t come true.


Resolved: A Larger Federal Role in Education is Needed in the 21st Century. Lessons from NCLB. from Education Gadfly on Vimeo.

A version of this news article first appeared in the NCLB: Act II blog.

Events

Special Education Webinar Reading, Dyslexia, and Equity: Best Practices for Addressing a Threefold Challenge
Learn about proven strategies for instruction and intervention that support students with dyslexia.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Families & the Community Webinar
How Whole-Child Student Data Can Strengthen Family Connections
Learn how district leaders can use these actionable strategies to increase family engagement in their student’s education and boost their academic achievement.
Content provided by Panorama Education
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
College & Workforce Readiness Webinar
The School to Workforce Gap: How Are Schools Setting Students Up For Life & Lifestyle Success?
Hear from education and business leaders on how schools are preparing students for their leap into the workforce.
Content provided by Find Your Grind

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: November 2, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 19, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 12, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: September 28, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read