Diane Ravitch, whose blog is a must-read for those concerned about public schools, reviews two books in the New York Review of Books. One chronicles the disasters of Newark, New Jersey, where money and politics combined to make a hopeless situation even worse. The other features Mission High School in San Francisco, whose principal and teachers adopted a school-based, collaborative approach to educating children. Each book tells us that we would do well to jettison the corporate reformers, especially Bill and Melinda Gates.
I would add two more suggestions: first, Congress should repeal its reformist legislation, the latest iteration being Every Student Succeeds Act; and, second, learn from Finland.