The event will focus on solutions and the daily lives of American teachers.
TIME's annual list of the most influential people in the world, the "TIME 100" is out, and two of the most famous education reformers in the nation—former Washington D.C. schools chancellor and founder of the advocacy group StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee, and her "Waiting for 'Superman'" co-star, Harlem Children's Zone founder, Geoffrey Canada—made the cut.
Education expert, author, and New York University professor Diane Ravitch believes that students are more than just their test scores. Her bestselling book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, positions Ravitch as one of the most outspoken critics of the recent wave of education reformers. Her current viewpoints are a sharp departure from the beliefs she held in the 1990s when she served as Assistant Secretary of Education under both President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. Ravitch shared with us her recipe for improving academic achievement in our nation's schools.
GOOD: What do you say to reformers who say that poverty doesn't matter and teachers should be able to get the same results regardless of a child's income?