In his weekly column for the Education Opportunity Network (a project of the Campaign for America’s Future and the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign), Jeff Bryant compares and contrasts videos that represent the polarization of the debate about public school reform.
The first video presents Frederick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Bryant comments: “Like dueling fog machines, over-stuffed with rhetoric we’ve come to expect from D.C., Hess spoke of ‘slippery slopes’ and ‘bright lines’ while Duncan waxed effusively about the apparent evils of ‘dummying down standards’ and ‘letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.’ Outside the Beltway, almost no one talks like this or imbues these kinds of phrases any significant meaning.”
The rest of Bryant’s essay covers a three-part video-clip interview of author Diane Ravitch by MSNBC‘s Melissa Harris-Perry. In the last two clips, Harris-Perry, the moderator, brings in NYU sociologist Pedro Noguera and MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee to join Ravitch.
Check out Bryant’s engaging essay and the video clips he reviews. The three interviews by Melissa Harris-Perry are embedded right in Bryant’s piece.