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Best 5 Blogs: Ravitch Apologizes To Gist (Sorta)

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I'm not a regular reader of Jay P. Greene's (though I do seek out and read opinions I disagree with, so that's not the reason), but is this his normal mode of discourse -- just plain launching substance-free attacks day after day on people (female people, I note) with whom he disagrees?

He's whaling away on Diane Ravitch, and there was his lengthy blast at Valerie Strauss over the fact that her media role has shifted from impartial education reporter to a forum where she's free to express her view and give a platform to other voices. (I don't get what it is about that that he feels warrants such scathing treatment -- we've all seen reporters move to columnist or editorial writer. And I'm no cheerleader for the Washington Post, but it has provided forums for various viewpoints as a matter of course, so what's this Greene quote about: "I can’t imagine WaPo tarnishing itself like this for too much longer"?)

Alexander, why do you think this particular line of discourse of Greene's is worthy of aggregating uncritically? Do you really think that behavior promotes the conversation about how to improve schools?

Though if this is new behavior on Greene's part, that might warrant some analysis -- does this signal that he fears the critics of his brand of education reform are achieving some success? Or is he just running out of things to say and filling space? Maybe he's losing faith and fighting it -- or losing funding and trying to attract some more?

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