Ravitch: ‘Be good parents’

Instead of adopting Common Core Standards, which haven’t been field tested, states should adopt Massachusetts’ “stellar” standards, said Diane Ravitch in an interview with the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram and Gazette.

Once a common core is in place, she recommends no-stakes testing similar to the National Assessment of Education Progress. High-stakes tests, such as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System and other tests used under No Child Left Behind, lead to cheating, gaming the system and inflated scores, she said.

“You’ve got to have some kind of idea of what good education is and act on it without having a whip in your hand,” she said.

People should be outraged by federal interference in state and local school decisions, Ravitch said. What should they do? “Be good parents,” she said.

“Parent engagement is like the cornerstone of academic achievement. When parents rail against the schools, they should look in the mirror,” she said, adding that while she isn’t letting schools off the hook, parents are key.

Ravitch is speaking tomorrow at Clark University in Worcester.

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  1. A huge problem with the government-run schools is that many of the policies adopted in recent years have served to drive out large numbers of families who actually care about education. It’s been a boon to private schools and the homeschooling movement, but a loss to the government-run system.

  2. Amen!

    I am tired of people blaming schools and teachers when parents have more control over their own kids. We see them 55 minutes a day, that’s it. When you have parents telling kids not to get CAUGHT cheating or taking them out on a school night to Disneyland (not getting home before 11) that’s on them not us.

  3. I get REALLY tired of hearing how parents are to blame for problems in the schools. Is my parenting to blame for the teacher who can’t figure out that when she has 30 kids in class, she needs to bring 30 worksheets? Oh well, I guess my kid just doesn’t get one.

    How is my parenting to blame for the fact that the school librarian figured out that she didn’t need to show up to work and would still get paid? I guess if I was a better parent, that sort of thing wouldn’t happen.

    How does my parenting force the school to use heterogenous classroom groupings so that the high and low kids waste most of their time?