Diane Ravitch Quotes.

1. "Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds."
- Quote by Diane Ravitch

2. "Unless the schools provide our children with a vision of human possibility that enlightens and empowers them with knowledge and taste, they will simply play their role in someone else's marketing schemes. Unless they understand deeply the sources of our democracy, they will take it for granted and fail to exercise their rights and responsibilities."
- Quote by Diane Ravitch

3. "Will non-English-speaking students start speaking English because their teachers were fired? Will children come to school ready to learn because their teachers were fired? It would be good if our nation's education leaders recognized that teachers are not solely responsible for student test scores. Other influences matter, including the students' effort, the family's encouragement, the effects of popular culture, and the influence of poverty. A blogger called "Mrs. Mimi" wrote the other day that we fire teachers because "we can't fire poverty." Since we can't fire poverty, we can't fire students, and we can't fire families, all that is left is to fire teachers."
- Quote by Diane Ravitch

4. "The person who knows ‘how’ will always have a job. The person who knows ‘why’ will always be his boss."
- Quote by Diane Ravitch

5. "Privatizing our public schools makes as much sense as privatizing the fire department or or the police department"
- Quote by Diane Ravitch

6. "We will continue to chase rainbows unless we recognize that they are rainbows and there is no pot of gold at the end of them."
- Quote by Diane Ravitch

7. "Ο άνθρωπος που γνωρίζει το "πως" πάντα θα έχει δουλειά. Ο άνθρωπος που ξέρει το "γιατί" θα είναι πάντα το αφεντικό."
- Quote by Diane Ravitch

8. "The history of education is a seemingly endless parade of new ideas that are actually old ideas renamed."
- Quote by Diane Ravitch

9. "A democratic society must seek to give every young person, whether native-born or newcomer, the knowledge and skills to succeed as an adult. In a political system that relies on the participation of informed citizens, everyone should, at a minimum, learn to speak, read and write a common language. Those who would sustain our democratic life must understand its history. Tailoring children's education to the color of their skin, their national origins, or their presumed ethnicity is in some fundamental sense contrary to our nation's founding ideals of democracy, equality and opportunity."
- Diane Ravitch, Brookings Papers on Education Policy: 2002

10. "Anyone who truly cares about children must be repelled by the insistence on ranking them, rating them, and labeling them. Whatever the tests measure is not the sum and substance of any child. The tests do not measure character, spirit, heart, soul, potential. When overused and misused, when attached to high stakes, the tests stifle the very creativity and ingenuity that our society needs most. Creativity and ingenuity stubbornly resist standardization. Tests should be used sparingly to help students and teachers, not to allocate rewards and punishments and not to label children and adults by their scores."
- Diane Ravitch, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

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