Friday, February 3, 2012

Find an experienced educator to be Superintendent

Dallas Morning News-Diane Ravitch: 20 Years later, debunking the 'Texas Miracle'

Published: 23 September 2011 05:00 PM

Diane Ravitch
"The current national school reform was born in Texas, probably hatched in Dallas." 

"As Dallas seeks a new superintendent, I have this advice: Find an experienced educator, someone who was a master teacher and then a highly successful principal. Don’t recruit a corporate leader who knows nothing about teaching and learning. Find a man or woman who knows how children learn, who knows how to encourage teachers and principals, who knows how to reach out to all parts of the community and bring them together to support Dallas’ children. Above all, look for someone who has a compelling vision of what a great education is and the energy to make it happen for all the children."

Diane Ravitch is the author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Her website is