The former official in the Department of Education under President George H. W. Bush was an early supporter of so-called reform movements, but after researching them thoroughly did a complete turnaround and has become a staunch opponent of these reforms, including Common Core State Standards.
In a post from this morning, Ravitch notes that the current Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is not practicing what he preaches:
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s children will attend the private University of Chicago Lab School, where his wife works.
Of course, everyone is free to send their children wherever they wish. What’s interesting about Duncan choosing this school is that it does not practice any of the policies that Duncan has promulgated. It is a progressive school, founded by John Dewey. No Common Core. No evaluation of teachers by test scores. No performance pay.
Duncan attended the prestigious University of Chicago Lab School. The teachers are unionized. President Obama sent his daughters there. Mayor Rahm Emanuel sends his children there.
It is amazing how many of our leaders have all of the remedies for what ails public schools, but make sure that their children do not attend any school that uses them.