Not a criticism of Ravitch's article, but a response to a response of mine:
Guilt? Rather than blaming [put pet peeve here] it would be productive to focus on ways of improving educational outcomes. Blaming [put pet peeve here] will not change anything, unless the precedents for [put pet peeve here] are changed for the better. Yes, I think that the issue is sociocultural and that there are an array of contributors to educational outcomes, but the problem is larger than individuals, i.e., single-mothers, and requires some system-level changes:
- America the anti-intellectual...
- Sports defining the school experience
- Teacher education and selection
- Resource allocation (inequality, taxation, etc)
- Social welfare focused on the underprivileged