http://boston.com/community/blogs/rock_the_schoolhouse/2010/11/was_galileo_wrong.html. Galileo was right. So is Diane Ravitch. So was I when I taught students to memorize their number facts. It’s obvious. It’s clear. It’s real. Without facts at their fingertips, students can’t move forward to learn science, math, and live their lives. And that’s bad for all of us.
Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line, DianeRavitch.net, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.