“Poverty is the Problem”

Check out Diane Ravitch and Brian Jones, narrator of the movie The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, on Democracy Now.

The following is the introduction to this interview:

As millions of students prepare to go back to school, budget cuts are resulting in teacher layoffs and larger classes across the country. This comes as the drive toward more standardized testing increases despite a string of cheating scandals in New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and other cities.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also recently unveiled a controversial plan to use waivers to rewrite parts of the nation’s signature federal education law, No Child Left Behind. We speak to New York City public school teacher Brian Jones and Diane Ravitch, the former assistant secretary of education and counselor to Education Secretary Lamar Alexander under President George H. W. Bush, who has since this post dramatically changed her position on education policy.

There is also a transcript available at the Democracy Now website.