Reading Ravitch is driving me crazy!
My car is without its Obama artifacts:
“Yes we Can” faded with the campaign idealism
and the Inaugural Seal peeled off inch by inch
until I pulled it out of its final agony.
And it’s all Diane’s fault for publishing
her muckracking history of educational reform
in the hands of Presidents and politicians who have
dragged us through NCLB,
high stakes testing with its teacher accountability,
the unqualified embrace of Charter Schools
as the antidote to the
union-controlled public schools
as Arne Duncan dangles Race to the Top funds,
to financially strapped states.
Diane waited patiently as I
downloaded her on my Kindle/Ipad
and I started reading the introduction.
I joined Shirley Brown’s
NWP Reading Ravitch online book group.
I read connected articles there
and left my comments.
I tried to break free,
taking long breaks
but she won’t let me forget
as I listen and read
with more educated
eyes and ears,
I am wondering,
as I watch
the fresh campaign ads
for Andrew Cumo
bonding with Presidents
Clinton and Obama
to Charter Schools
and this new path to educational
Where are they taking us
and can I really support them?