This past Tuesday, October 19th, members of the EDU PLN Ning and participants of #Edchat joined Diane Ravitch in a live conversation about education transformation. Diane Ravitch agreed to take questions from members of the Ning. Tom Whitby, Kyle Pace, and me moderated the 1 hour Elluminate session.

In Case You Missed the Discussion:

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Diane Ravitch Live Chat via the Edu PLN Ning from Shelly Terrell on Vimeo.

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Some nuggets from the conversation

“With all focus on bad teachers we aren’t paying attention to the potential of technology in schools”
“We aren’t paying teachers enough”
“Social media for those who don’t agree with media bashing of education helps us get through”
“I worry good teachers will be discouraged and leave with the current system”
“I think merit pay and performance is wrong because it destroys collaboration”

More about Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch, who recently wrote the article in The Daily Beast, Education Crisis: Testing and Firing Teachers Doesn’t Work, is a Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. In addition, she is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She is the author of, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. You can follow her on Twitter, @DianeRavitch.

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