In response to my post "The Injurious School Culture Enforced by High-Stakes Testing" [Hake (2012)], "Haim" 0f the Math-Teach list wrote:
"Would you be good enough to explain to this forum why there is an education reform movement in the first place?"
According to David Denby (2012) in his "New Yorker" article "Public Defender: Diane Ravitch Takes On A Movement":
a. the reform movement that Ravitch opposes is the conservative wing of what "Haim" calls "The Education Mafia";
b. it's "supported by President Obama and his Education Secretary, Arne Duncan; it is also championed by the Republican Party; by many governors, mayors, and schools chancellors; and by a variety of wealthy entrepreneurs and fund managers";
c. it's "driven by an exaggerated negative critique of the schools. . . . that . . . is mistakenly imposing a free-market ethos of competition on an institution that, if it is to function well, requires cooperation, sharing, and mentoring."
REFERENCES [URL shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 21 Nov 2012.] Denby, D. 2012. "Public Defender: Diane Ravitch Takes On A Movement," New Yorker, 19 November; a preview is online at <http://nyr.kr/RPfOkF>.
"Haim" 2012. "Re: The Injurious School Culture Enforced by High-Stakes Testing," online on the OPEN! Math-Teach archives at <http://bit.ly/Q9mOL3>. Post of 20 Nov 20, 7:19 PM to Math-Teach (the Math Forum fails to specify the time zone :-(.
Hake, R.R. 2012. "The Injurious School Culture Enforced by High-Stakes Testing," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/SaQB3W>. Post of 19 Nov 2012 17:25:15-0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/QqZrOd> with a provision for comments.