Ruining public education

Diane Ravitch, whose invaluable blog draws needed attention to the plight of public schools, especially after No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, decries the testing madness and the near-religious embrace of the Common Core standards. In this post she focuses on the winner of a prestigious teaching award. I quote:

…When one of the interviewers asked [the award recipient] what she would tell a young person interested in teaching, she said she would tell them to go into the private sector, not into public school teaching. The interviewers were taken aback. Atwell explained that the Common Core and the testing that goes with it had turned teachers into “technicians,” making it hard for them to teach the best they knew how. She would urge them to find an independent school where there is no Common Core and no state testing.