The criticism of President Obama’s Race to the Top education initiative continues to grow from civil rights organizations and progressive advocacy groups. This week, education historian Diane Ravtich weighed in with a stinging column on the Huffington Post.
Ravitch was a key education adviser for the last three presidents and used to be a strong proponent of vouchers, charter schools and standardized testing, but has changed her mind completely after realizing that approach was not working. Much of Race to the Top and the philosophy of Education Secretary Arne Duncan are based on what Ravitch now realizes are failed ideas.
President Obama and Secretary Duncan need to stop and think. They are heading in the wrong direction. On their present course, they will end up demoralizing teachers, closing schools that are struggling to improve, dismantling the teaching profession, destabilizing communities, and harming public education.