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John Thompson: Insights on the Origins of “A Nation at Risk”: A Conversation with James Harvey and John Merrow

03 Nov

President Ray-Gun’s 1983 “A Nation at Risk” report started out praising and friendly to U.S. public schools, but before it was published, the report was torn out of the hands of the original authors, hijacked, and turned into a weapon against America’s successful public education system.

Diane Ravitch's blog

John Thompson, retired teacher and historian in Oklahoma, shares his thoughts about the Network for Public Education Conference in Indianapolis. He begins by trying to wrap his brain around my provocative claim that “We are winning.” After I received his post, I explained to him that everything the Reformers have tried has failed. Every promise they have made has been broken. They have run American education for a decade or a generation, depending on when you start counting, and they have nothing to show for it. I contend there is no “reform movement.” There is instead a significant number of incredibly rich men and women playing with the lives of others. The Billionaire Boys Club, plus Alice Walton, Laurene Powell Jobs, and a few other women. This is no social movement. A genuine movement has grassroots. The Reformers have none; they have only paid staff. If the money dried up…

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