Tag: Diane Ravitch

The incoming chancellor’s remarks—made the same day as the gathering at East Islip Middle School—consequently carry enormous weight. Education advocates therefore view her acknowledgement that she’d “opt-out” as indication of a historically seismic shift—an alignment, even—away from the state’s long-held support of Common Core, and toward what opponents term “common sense” education policy.

"You can’t punish a teacher, a district, a school—without punishing a child."

Preliminary unofficial figures suggest more than double the 30,000 LI students who opted out last year refused the latest round of Common Core exams.

"We are in the midst of a vast social experiment on the children of the nation and it is all tied to the standardized test."

"What I’d love to see are opt outs everywhere. Universal opt out! What if they threw a test and nobody took it?”

“The moment a choice is taken away from a parent, that’s the moment when public education is destroyed. The moment when choice is taken away from a teacher, then public education is destroyed.”