There seems to be a
mild dust up over Diane Ravitch. I’m not part of that crowd that calls themselves public intellectuals, so maybe that’s why I’m not so emotionally invested in this.
But I do find it mildly interesting.
Ravitch has been a long-time defender of teacher unions. But her own resume isn’t overwhelming as progressive history. She has been known to hang with an iffy crowd: The Fordham Foundation, the DOE under Bush I, the right-wing Hoover Institute. Unsavory people, if you know what I mean. Nobody I would have to my house for dinner, although I grant you, that’s setting a low bar. Or setting it high. I never know how that expression works. I keep getting an image of playing limbo. Let’s just say, I wouldn’t leave my wallet on the night stand if I knew her friends were sleeping in the next room.
If you have been reading her exchanges with Debbie Meier at EdWeek, you can see that she seems to have moved some. That’s good.
The thing is that if Ravitch has flip-flopped on all the things that the Bloomberg stooge says that she flip-flopped on then I think that’s a good thing. That would make her wrong before and right now. Welcome to the side of the light, Diane.
Over at UFT’s EdWize, they go a little crazy in attacking the attack. “Sordid,” they call it.
I’m a believer that our enemy’s enemy is our friend. And if Bloomberg is unhappy with Ravitch,
she’s ok with me. that’s good too. I’m against personal attacks. If only the Ravitch defenders had been so intense about, say, Debbie Almontaser when she was under attack by the wing-nuts at the Post. But that was then and this is now.
As Anne would say, I need to “build a bridge and get over it.”
Update: Ravitch responds to Bloomberg’s stooge here.
Another update: And now Ravitch is defended by Checker Finn. Ick.
This raises the question: Would you rather be attacked by Michael Bloomberg or defended by Checker Finn?
It should remind us that you can talk all you want about Ravitch’s “personal integrity.” Ravitch is a member along with the racist Checker Finn of the board of trustees of the right-wing Fordham Foundation. She hasn’t quit that bunch yet, has she?