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Ravitch Denounces Cuomo Tapping Billionaires to “Reimagine” Education

DIANE RAVITCH, gardendr at gmail.com, @DianeRavitch
Ravitch just wrote the piece “Beware! Cuomo Adds Another Billionaire to ‘Reimagine’ Post-Pandemic Public Education.”

She said today: “Governor Cuomo has invited Bill Gates to help him ‘reinvent’ education in New York, along with experts identified by Gates. The assumption is that ‘the new normal’ will depend on technology. This is a huge mistake. Parents, students, and teachers are well aware of the boredom of distance learning. They are eager for real schools to reopen with real teachers.

“The Gates Foundation has sponsored a series of disastrous interventions into education, such as the Common Core standards and test-based evaluation of teachers. Furthermore, Governor Cuomo is bypassing the state Board of Regents, which is legally responsible for education policy in the state of New York.”

Ravitch is a historian of education at New York University. Her most recent book is Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. Her previous books include: The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education