Diane Ravitch: Race to the Top or Skim off the Top?

Diane Ravitch: Race to the Top or Skim off the Top?

"We're lying to our kids," says professor and former charter school advocate and supporter of No Child Left Behind Diane Ravitch. High-stakes testing and punishing teachers for low-scoring kids is failing, according to her research; moreover, charter schools are only successful, when they are, because they can select the best students from the failing districts in which they are located.

In a new piece at The Nation, and in her new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, Ravitch lays out the case against the policies she once supported.  She joins Laura in studio to discuss the problems with education--and how Obama and Arne Duncan might be making things worse, not better.

Common Dreams, 21/07/10