Here are the headings for chapters 22 – 32 of Diane Ravitch’s new book (published today), entitled Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools.
This is the section of the book where she lays out what to do instead of doubling down on the failed ‘reforms’ promoted by the billionaire class.
22. Begin at the Beginning
Solution No. 1: Provide good prenatal care for every pregnant woman.
23. The Early Years Count
Solution No. 2: Make high-quality early-childhood education available to all children.
24. The Essentials of a Good Education
Solution No. 3: Every school should have a full, balanced and rich curriculum, including the arts, science, history, literature, civics, geography, foreign languages, mathematics, and physical education.
25. Class Size Matters for Teaching and Learning.
Solution No. 4: Reduce class sizes to improve student achievement and behavior.
26. Make Charters Work for All
Solution No. 5: Ban for-profit charters and charger chains and ensure that charter schools collaborate with public schools to support better education for all children.
27. Wraparound Services Make a Difference
Solution No. 6: Provide the medical and social services that poor children need to keep up with their advantaged peers.
28. Measure Knowledge and Skills with Care
Solution No. 7: Eliminate high-stakes standardized testing and rely instead on assessments that allow students to demonstrate what they know and can do.
29. Strengthen the Profession
Solution No. 8: Insist that teaches, principals and superintendents be professional educators.
30. Protect Democratic Control of Public Schools
Solution No. 9: Public schools should be controlled by elected school boards or by boards in large cities appointed for a set term for more than one elected official.
31. The Toxic Mix
Solution No. 10: Devise actionable strategies and specific goals to reduce racial segregation and poverty.
32. Privatization of Public Education is Wrong
Solution No. 11: Recognize that public education is a public responsibility, not a consumer good.