Friday, April 21, 2006

Ravitch at This Week in Education

The wonderful Diane Ravitch has a Q&A over at Alexander Russo's blog. Check it out.

And if you haven't yet read her book Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reforms, do it. Even if your kids are in public school. Especially if your kids are in public school. Ravitch, beholden to neither left nor right, gores everyone's ox with nothing more than a straightforward historical account of the American educational reform movements of the last hundred years.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't homeschool -- we private school. Still, we have to fight the temptation, when someone says, "Aren't you afraid they'll miss out on opportunities by not being in the public schools?", to say, "No, we can buy them guns, knives and drugs to make up for what they're missing."

Okay, so that wasn't helpful, either.

7:25 PM  
Blogger The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

The problem is that people don't think, just say the first thing that pops into their head without reflection. (Much the way I blog.)

Instead of "What about [bad thing] that I think will result from your family's choice?", civil people ask "How is that working for you?" or "What does he like best to learn?" or "How interesting. Do you think that storm front will pass to the north?"

8:08 AM  
Blogger The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

I should add that once someone has let their suspicion that you are messing up your kids pop out of their mouth, pretty much anything you say after that is deserved.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I meant to post this to your blog entry above on the unhelpful things homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers say to each other, but my finger slipped.

Anyway, we don't actually say these things [mainly because we want to remain on speaking terms with my mother, who is a retired public school and Catholic school teacher], but we sure get tempted sometimes.

And resisting temptation is good for us, no?

For the greater glory of God.

8:29 AM  

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