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A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic. The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early s.
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But, she notes, more qualitative evaluation systems cost more money than a simple test-another problem in an era of austerity. It's easy to see why the money is tempting; since , state budgets, the primary source of education funding, have been ravaged. Compared with the pre-recession funding levels of , 30 states now provide less money to public education, according to an October report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities CBPP.
As the CBPP report notes, the loss of dollars has led many school districts to abandon locally based attempts at reform.
But many are still willing to adopt the policies and approaches promoted by foundations like Gates, Broad, and Walton. The push for charter schools and standardized curricula and testing comes at a time when more and more experts are questioning their efficacy. The most prominent critic of the foundation-funded reforms, former U.
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Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, was once a leading advocate for them. But in her book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Ravitch points out that the foundations have based their push for charter schools on the high-performing ones, which accounted in for about only of the nation's 4, charters. While charter proponents say that the schools get better results with less money, Ravitch and others note that charters take many of the best students out of neighborhood schools.
Ravitch also believes that a teacher's performance should not be measured solely on the basis of student test scores. She points to great English teachers whose results in the classroom are harder to measure. Ravitch argues that classroom observation and peer review should be a big part of teacher evaluation. Meanwhile, with their reform agenda, she writes, the foundations "seem determined to privatize public education to the greatest extent possible. Critics also point out that relying on foundation money can be an uncertain proposition. By , the foundation had walked away from the effort, determining that change wasn't happening fast enough-and leaving school systems like Milwaukee's, which had opened 42 small schools with Gates money, struggling to keep the relatively expensive schools open.
Twenty have closed, and many of those that remain are struggling.
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Will Gates's current agenda produce "earth-shattering outcomes"? Nobody can say. But the lure of grant money is hard to pass up-even if it means significantly altering the way schools operate. University of Colorado education professor Kevin Welner, who co-authored the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy study, worries that because a few foundations have a significant amount of money, they're squeezing out other voices-namely, those of local parents and educators.
He compares the situation to Citizens United , the Supreme Court case that gave corporations enormous political power by overturning limits on corporate political spending.
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Welner says education could face a similar threat, in which those with the most money have the most say on policy matters. Robinson says no. She also argues that Gates is not as powerful as some claim, because it gives a small proportion of total education spending.
The purpose of the foundation's efforts, she says, is to encourage experimentation-charters, partnerships between community colleges and high schools-to see if they deserve to become large-scale reforms. But increasingly, the U.
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