On February 16, 2016 the Tavis Smiley show hosted former Assistant Secretary of Education and current president of The Network For Public Education Diane Ravitch.
Below are quotes from the Tavis Smiley interview with Diane Ravitch.
“Standardized testing is the way of the privileged to maintain their privilege.”
“I want to be part of a new vision of education where we look at every child and say, “You have potential that we don’t even recognize and we’re gonna help you find that potential.”
“We’re not helping children by labeling them.”
Tavis Smiley, “Why in this country is education not a human right?” He noted that Jessie Jackson advocated for, “a Constitutional amendment that would guarantee every child in this country access to an equal high quality education.”
“It should be.”
“Education is the most important investment we can make in the future of this society. . . We’re a multicultural society, we have to educate all children we can’t just educate the privileged children.”
“The investment in brain power, the investment in thinking skills, critical thinking skills, that has to be spread across the spectrum to all children.”
“Every child deserves to have a high quality school within reach of them. They shouldn’t have to say well we’re going to close your neighborhood school, there’s a good school an hour away but you don’t have transportation to get there. That’s no choice at all.”
One of the leading and most notable advocates for education states categorically that education is a right that must be Constitutionally guaranteed.
She states that our children, all of our children, must receive an excellent education in their own neighborhoods, not bused to suburban schools.
She believes that every child has potential, gifts and talents, that go unrecognized in our current system of education.
Diane Ravitch believes in a system of education that trusts teachers to discover, develop, and direct the gifts and talents of our children towards becoming knowledgeable, respectful, responsible citizens who know and understand that education is not a commodity but a necessity, a public responsibility.
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