Back when Dr. Ravitch was a darling of the conservatives in education circles I used to dislike her in the extreme (respect yes, but like, no). She had a conversion of sorts when she saw what conservative policies were doing to school kids and now is somewhat of a darling of the left. I think she is a darling of reason. Here is one of her warnings . . . about the consequences of turning over our school systems over to mayors and state and federal departments of education.
“One thing we should have learned in the past dozen years is that it is dangerous to allow politicians to tie their ambitions to schools. When that happens, the Department of Education—whether it is a district or a state—-turns into the Department of Political Propaganda, dedicated to burnishing the image of the governor or the mayor. How can we know whether schools are improving when huge amounts of money are spent to spin the results so the politician in charge looks good?” Diane Ravitch