She then went on to discuss the startling, new positions of education scholar Diane Ravitch, once an advocate and now a critic of testing, charters, standards, and school closings. Incredibly, the Globe has still not followed the lead of the Washington Post or the NY Times in covering her turnaround in its news columns.
In short, Vennochi wrote an eminently sensible piece on ed reform that was shocking only because we have become so accustomed to reading Globe boilerplate on this issue.
Would the venerable Beantown news institution collapse as a result of this dramatic violation of canon law? Worry not. There are still a few absolutes in this world.
On Friday, the day after Vennochi’s column, a trademark-condescending Globe editorial appeared, giving a conditional pat on the head to Boston superintendent Carol Johnson for doing a good job “for now” in shaking up the five city schools and reassigning some staff. The Globe expressed its hope that the teachers would be retrained (Gee, thanks.) The editorialist also reminded us that that parents want results (MCAS scores?) and they are growing very impatient! Apparently the Globe has now elected itself to speak for all parents. Hey, why not.
Just a day later, Dr. Sandra Stotsky, a great champion of MCAS, re-appeared on the op ed page, a familiar stomping ground. She is peeved because supposedly easier federal standards may trump her tougher state standards. Dr Stotsky is also upset because venders (i.e., test companies) are lining up to cash in on these new national standards. It is unclear why she wasn’t equally indignant when the testing industry happily took tens of millions from us for MCAS (I may be low-balling it).
Wikipedia does not make clear how much teaching experience the many-titled Stotsky actually has. We are told she taught elementary school (Is she really comfortable with testing little kids?) and high school language classes. How this qualifies her to speak on her new passion, state social studies standards, I do not know, but I hope to find out when I join her on a panel at the Pioneer Institute on March 31.
That will be a homecoming of sorts, because Ms. Stotsky has worked with and for the conservative Pioneer Institute for many years. And for many years, the Globe op ed editor has made space available for the Institute on a need-to-print basis.
How many Pioneer Institute op ed have there now been since 1993? Many. Perhaps one day, we will even hear what Dane Ravitch has to say in this exclusive New England forum. Why, even teachers may one day get the chance to share their thoughts.
ps: Just after I finished this piece I learned that Ravitch had an op ed piece on Sunday in the Los Angeles Times. Hello, Boston Globe. Where are you?