Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Lies, Damn Lies, and David Brooks

I'll be curious to see how Ravitch responds to David Brooks critique of her.  So far, her only response that I'm aware of is to tweet a link to Jim Horn's blog post (http://twitter.com/#!/DianeRavitch/status/87517206040158210) entitled Lies, Damn Lies, and David Brooks, which wins the award for Most Idiotic and Demonstrably False Post of the Year (no wonder Ravitch likes it so much!).  In it, Horn questions whether KIPP students get exposure to:


"chess programs, Shakepeare [note that Horn can't even spell it correctly], philosophy, or physics in a KIPP school.  Not even chief hedge fund KIPPster propagandist, Whitney Tilson, would make up such an obvious lie.  The amount of argument, on anything, in a KIPP school or one of KIPP's knock-offs, is between negligible and none, and if Shakespeare or philosophy is ever mentioned, it is most likely on one of the thousands of worksheets these children fill out every year.  Has KIPP ever fielded a chess team or dance team?  Not even a mention on any of KIPP's websites, much less in a news article."


Lies, Damn Lies, and David Brooks

Jim Horn, Schools Matter blog


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