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3 Replies to “Joel Klein On NYC, New Book, And Education Reform”
Why believe that Klein has any more understanding of real NYC schools now as opposed to his first days when he knew nothing?
Or, should I say less than nothing? Clearly he had strong but reality-free opinions before taking the schools over and didn’t rethink them
Very nice John.
Another case of Mr. Klein’s reality free statements has to do with P-Tech school. Supposedly a miracle, hailed by the Professional Education Reform crowd.
Teach For America corp’s Gary Rubenstein demolishes that fantasy on his blog.
And for all his desire for civil conversations, Mr. Rotherham loves to wallow in gossip. At the start of the month, he refers us to a self serving piece by one of Klein’s proteges who shares Klein reality distortion field and seeks to denigrate Diane Ravitch.
Dr. Ravitch has this response:
Keep it classy, Andy.
It is encouraging to hear Klein come around to the work of Hirsch. That said, Klein points to Shankars’s mention of increased professionalism in teaching, and also points to Finland as a model. I agree that increasing the rigor of pre-service teaching programs is a good start. Nevertheless, I must also must point out that countries like Finland a) pay their teachers much better than the U.S., b) trust their teachers to make classroom level decisions about delivery, and c) don’t rely on standardized tests as measures of student learning and teacher effectiveness…all things that I would be surprised to hear Klein advocate for.