I read on Twitter just now that I compared “school choice” to a Nazi invasion.

 

Excellence in Ed ‏@ExcelinEd

@DianeRavitch likens school choice to Nazi invasion. Yes. You read that correctly. http://bit.ly/Y7svLC

 

To say the least, I was taken aback because I had never written or implied any such thing.

But consider the source.

It comes from Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education (“excellence” in this case meaning the promotion of vouchers, charters, and advancing the interest of for-profit entrepreneurs in the public sector).

The post in question was http://dianeravitch.net/2013/02/19/what-about-the-good-charters/.

Jeb Bush–or whoever writes his foundation’s tweets–deliberately misconstrued the post, as well as its authorship.

It was not written by me.

It was written as a comment by a reader on the blog.

I post many readers’ comments, for the sake of discussion, not because I endorse them.

The comment was in response to an earlier post by Mark Naison and Bruce Bernstein: http://dianeravitch.net/2013/02/16/how-to-tell-if-your-local-charter-school-is-avaricious

I am delighted to learn that Jeb Bush and his staff are reading this blog closely.

Maybe they will learn something new.

Maybe they will hear the voices of parents, teachers, students, school board members, and others who are not invited to their corporate conferences.

I hope they spend some time working to improve their ability to comprehend what they read.

Decoding will get you just so far, and no farther.