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ERIC Number: EJ889149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
In Need of a Renaissance: Real Reform Will Renew, Not Abandon, Our Neighborhood Schools
Ravitch, Diane
American Educator, v34 n2 p10-13, 16-22, 42 Sum 2010
Hollow reforms, like proposals that emphasize get-tough accountability over support for educators and widespread choice over quality neighborhood schools, enjoy their share of supporters. As the author watched the choice and accountability movements gain momentum across the nation, she concluded that curriculum and instruction were far more important than choice and accountability. In this article, the author argues that it is time for those who want to improve their schools to focus on the essentials of education. Far too many reformers imagine that it is easy to create a successful school, but it is not. Schools can improve and learn from one another, but school improvements--if they are real--occur incrementally, as a result of sustained effort over years. The author contends that if reformers want to improve education, they must first of all have a vision of what good education is. As a nation, America needs a strong and vibrant public education system. Efforts to reform public education are, ironically, diminishing its quality and endangering its very survival. The author urges reformers to turn their attention to improving the schools, infusing them with the substance of genuine learning and reviving the conditions that make learning possible. (Contains 9 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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