POLITICAL: American School System

http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2010/04/ravitch_on_educ.html

Ravitch on Education
Diane Ravitch
Hosted by Russ Roberts

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Diane Ravitch of NYU talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in her new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Ravitch argues that the two most popular education reform movements, accountability and choice, have had unintended consequences that have done great harm to the current generation of students. She argues that the accountability and testing provisions in legislation like No Child Left Behind and similar reforms have actually corrupted the testing process, taken time away from subjects other than math and reading, and failed even to boost success in math and reading. She argues that the empirical record has provided little evidence that school choice as it has been implemented has boosted achievement. The discussion closes with a discussion of what reforms might indeed make a difference.

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Perhaps we might consider returning it to the Parents?

Why, given that I had NO role in anything else about those children, do I have to pay for their education?

And, “public education” is a national disgrace!

I like Walter Williams’ quote: “… if the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan wanted to sabotage black academic excellence, he could not devise a more effective way of doing so than the schools serving most black children.” ①

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① “What American Education Needs” The Freeman • Foundation for Economic Education • April 1999 • Volume: 49 • Issue: 4 • Walter E. Williams, the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/what-american-education-needs/

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: FDA blows off concerns

http://tinyurl.com/ybl36tw  

Scientist: FDA suppressed imaging safety concerns
Associated Press

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“A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said yesterday that his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning. Dr. Julian Nicholas said at a public hearing that he and other FDA staffers ‘were pressured to change their scientific opinion,’ after they opposed the approval of a CAT scanner for routine colon cancer screening. Nicholas said that he objected to exposing otherwise healthy patients to the cancer risks of radiation. After FDA officials pushed ahead with plans to clear the device, Nicholas, now a physician at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, said he and eight other staffers raised their concerns with the division’s top director, Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, last September. The device apparently is still under review.” (03/31/10)

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Can anyone spell “regulatory capture”?

Never hear such about Underwriters’ Laboratory or Consumers’ Reports.

Why is that?

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