Apparently a best-selling book, the NEA Friend of Education award and the fawning acclaim of 8,174 delegates weren’t enough for Diane Ravitch. Today Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post handed her column over to Ravitch so she could take potshots at Stephen Sawchuk of Education Week for daring to write that some “contend that Ravitch is selective in the research she cites to support her views.”
I would have added, “sometimes she’s just wrong.”
I don’t blame Ravitch for taking the opportunity to again pitch her views and her book in one of America’s most prestigious daily newspapers. I blame Strauss and the Post for using that prestige to undermine a reporter from another publication who was on the scene and characterized the speech as it appeared to him. If Strauss wanted to criticize Sawchuk’s blog post, she should have done so herself, rather than cede her column to the subject of his story.
I find it particularly ironic, since the love being showered upon Ravitch is entirely due to her admitting she was wrong for supporting the very reforms she now lambastes. But she couldn’t possibly be wrong now, so don’t even try to suggest it.