Ravitch takes on “Superman” in New York Review of Books

Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch published a well-thought out critique of the recent documentary “Waiting for Superman” in a recent edition of the New York Review of Books.

Ravitch wrote:

‘Waiting for Superman’ and the other films appeal to a broad apprehension that the nation is falling behind in global competition. If the economy is a shambles, if poverty persists for significant segments of the population, if American kids are not as serious about their studies as their peers in other nations, the schools must be to blame. At last we have the culprit on which we can pin our anger, our palpable sense that something is very wrong with our society, that we are on the wrong track, and that America is losing the race for global dominance. It is not globalization or deindustrialization or poverty or our coarse popular culture or predatory financial practices that bear responsibility: it’s the public schools, their teachers, and their unions.

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Please Note: It was incorrectly stated in last week’s Headlines that this item was published in the New York Times. It was actually published in the New York Review of Books.