Subsequent to writing this post, I submitted my official petition to the White House. The link to it can be found at the following post: Official Petition to the White House: Replace Duncan with Ravitch. Please consider signing it!
OK, after tweeting the following, someone recommended I create a “We the People” petition at whitehouse.org regarding replacing Arne Duncan with Diane Ravitch…my text for the petition follows further below…let me know feedback so I can tighten it up before I submit it officially…
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Replace Sec. of Ed Arne Duncan with Prof. Diane Ravitch as Duncan’s ed advice to Obama hurts more students than it helps
If Pres. Obama truly desires to provide all students with access to the best public education possible, and concurrently to energize teachers as an important voting bloc in his re-election campaign, he should replace Sec. of Ed. Arne Duncan with Prof. Diane Ravitch, or someone else not beholden to corporate interests, such as Prof. Linda Darling-Hammond, Prof. Yong Zhao, or similar. Duncan’s current ed policies align more with corporate interests, and those interested in privatizing K-12 education, than what parents, students, and teachers know to be best practices. Let’s let neurocognitive research on how students learn best, along with experts in the field determine how best to teach our nation’s students, rather than ed reform wannabes with little to no experience teaching children.
Created: May 27, 2012
Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Education, Regulatory Reform