Tom Friedman Is As Clueless As Arne Duncan

Diane Ravitch, ICTP - The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Feb 09, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Something for local education administrators (and their friends in the local media) to take note: Diane Ravitch writes, "After 13 years of test-based evaluation and school closings, no one claims success. We need what: More of the same!" She is criticizing Tom Friedman who champions what amounts to a 'blame the poor' strategy to promote education reform: "Too many parents and too many kids just don’t take education seriously enough and don’t want to put in the work needed today to really excel? Is this the key cause of income inequality and persistent poverty? No. But it is surely part of their solutions..." It's really a call to have children sit still with hands folded and repeat what the teacher says. Those poor children.

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