As many fellow bloggers have already pointed out, Kathy Wylde of the Partnership for New York City committed a tactical error of magnificient proportions by wasting precious New York Post op-ed space discrediting one of our most thoughtful commentators on education policy, Diane Ravitch (space the Post could have filled with clever headlines like, "Want to Eat Me? Head to New Jersey!").
From Elizabeth Green of the NY Sun, we learn that Wylde was shooting straight from the Bloomberg-Klein hip. Apparently, it's now kosher to keep "files" on the opposition. Wylde made use of a 7-page Department of Education document entitled "Diane Ravitch: Then and Now." From the folks that brought you performance pay, this is what the young bucks at Tweed are hard at work on?
This move was foreshadowed at the NYC Research Partnership's kickoff conference, where Klein reportedly shocked an audience full of researchers by ominously commenting that there are "good and bad education researchers" and insinuating that only the "good researchers" (people who will rubber stamp Klein's policies?) should have access to the Partnership's data. As the article related, this response to dissent is the problem:
Ms. Ravitch said her most serious concern with the Bloomberg administration is the way it responds to dissent. She said that many educators who are professionally reliant on support from the city, through grants or contracts, fear voicing any differing opinions.
"It's a very sad situation, when people don't feel free to speak their mind," she said.
The kids of NYC are very lucky that Diane Ravitch has the courage and conviction to speak out against an administration that appears to be more concerned with spin than figuring out what works for New York City kids.