Why Do the Media Cry “Crisis” About Public Schools? Why Do They Ignore the Voices of Teachers?

A follow-up to my previous reblog, “Dear Journalists . . .” (https://academeblog.org/2016/01/11/dear-journalists-covering-education-let-me-explain/)

Diane Ravitch's blog

Paul Thomas spent many years as a high school teacher in rural South Carolina before becoming a professor at Furman University. As those of you who have followed his writings know, Thomas is a powerful social critic.

He has recently written a series of articles criticizing the mainstream media for swallowing the corporate reform line about “the crisis in our schools.” He points out that the media have been complaining about our “terrible” schools for over a hundred years and predicting that the schools will ruin our economy (which has never happened).

In his first post on this topic, he cites the article by Motoko Rich in the New York Times about a high school in South Carolina that has rising graduation rates but less-than-stellar test scores. The point of the article is that graduation rates are rising because standards are falling. The article was followed up by an…

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