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Some Advice for My Critics [Diane Ravitch]
Posted: Oct 7, 2013 2:21 PM
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From The Blog - Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from
HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors, Friday, October 6, 2013.
Some Advice for My Critics

By Diane Ravitch

I have been more than thrilled by the response to my new book.* Today
it is #10 on the New York Times best seller list, next week it will
be #15. My guess is that as more educators and parents read it, they
will recommend it to others. I hope they will form study groups to
discuss the issues it raises. My hope was to provide indisputable
facts about where we are, and research-based evidence about what we
need to do to improve our schools and our society - not one first,
then the other, but both.

As you might expect, the book is controversial because it disputes
the popular narrative that our schools are failing and broken, that
we must do all sorts of things that have never been done before, must
test more often, more than any other nation in the world, must fire
teachers and principals, lay off guidance counselors, social workers
and librarians, eliminate the arts to make more time for testing, and
close schools. And if we do all these things, someday, all schools
will be great!
Humbug, I say. A hoax, I say.

Speaking plainly, however, is dangerous, if you are a woman. When men
speak plainly and mince no words, they are direct and forceful. When
women speak plainly and mince no words, they are abrasive, harsh, and
just plain -- well -- rude. The same people who object to my tone
waste no time denouncing me in abusive language. I will not deign to
notice them. Nor will they intimidate me by their swagger.

So, to pay tribute to those who want me to be quiet and deferential,
here is a video for them at

* Diane Ravitch (author) -- Reign of Error: The Hoax of the
Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools --
see at
; $16.77 Hardcover, $10.99 Kindle (available used from $12.75 and new
from $13.50).
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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