Our Boadicea, Our Jeanne d’Arc, Is a 79-year-old Grandmother, an Existence Proof of the Stupidity of Ageism

On this Labor Day, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the Herculean labors of Diane Ravitch. Dr. Ravitch has for many years now been the most significant force for sanity in all of U.S. K-12 education. Day in and day out, she indefatigably calls out the charlatans and grifters on the education carnival midway and fights to protect our most important institution, our public schools. In addition to being our foremost historian of education, she has also become our premier muckraker–the Ambrose Bierce, Ida B. Wells, Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, Nelly Bly, and Upton Sinclair of our age. God bless her. My admiration and respect for this brilliant, fierce, relentless fighter for justice and equity in U.S. education, for our Boadicea, our Jeanne d’Arc, knows no bounds.

For more pieces by Bob Shepherd on the topic of Education “Reform,” go here: https://bobshepherdonline.wordpress.com/category/ed-reform/

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About Bob Shepherd

interests: curriculum design, educational technology, learning, linguistics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, philosophy (Continental philosophy, Existentialism, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology, ethics), classical and jazz guitar, poetry, the short story, archaeology and cultural anthropology, history of religion, prehistory, veganism, sustainability, Anglo-Saxon literature and language, systems for emergent quality control, heuristics for innovation
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6 Responses to Our Boadicea, Our Jeanne d’Arc, Is a 79-year-old Grandmother, an Existence Proof of the Stupidity of Ageism

  1. Lorraine Partridge says:

    I’ve spent my whole 57 years wondering like this. But what I wonder now is why so many others never wonder?

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  2. GregB says:

    We are definitely brothers from different mothers: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1864227374

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    • Bob Shepherd says:

      What a great review, Greg!!! Beautifully argued and written!

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    • Bob Shepherd says:

      On another note entirely:

      The Muller report looks at 10 instances of obstruction of justice on the part of President Trump and finds that in six of these, all three criteria for obstruction having occurred were met. It also says that, according to DOJ guidelines, it is not the purview of the DOJ to make a prosecutorial decision ith regard to a sitting president.
      Attorney General William Barr said, in presenting the report, “Special Counsel Muller did not indicate that his purpose was to leave the decision (about whether to prosecute the President for obstruction of justice) to Congress. “

      But here’s what Mueller’s report actually says: “The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.” –The Mueller Report, Volume II, p. 8.

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