Clarifying the Washington Post Account of What I Said in D.C.

Diane Ravitch's blog

As readers of the blog know, I visited members of Congress yesterday and attended a reception at the headquarters of the American  Federation of Teachers at the end of the day.

Here is an account that appeared in the Washington Post of what was said by me and others in the question-and-answer period.

There is one statement that is somewhat misleading.

This is the quote:

“Asked about the latest reform trend — ideas around the importance of developing character traits like ‘grit’ and ‘determination’ in students to help them succeed academically — Ravitch said she didn’t think those traits in children could or should be measured.

“It makes me want to throw up,” said Ravitch, who is promoting a new book, “The Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools.” “The White House’s obsession with data is sick.”

The question came…

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