We should not be too quick to dismiss the idea that the lunacy of high stakes standardized testing, vilification of teachers, merit pay and other corporate reforms can come to Canada.
The 49th parallel does not offer some kind of inherent insulator to this madness.
Arne Duncan spoke in Toronto last year by invitation of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, and Bill Gates recently appeared at the Toronto Film Festival to promote Waiting for Superman.
Diane Ravitch was recently asked if she thought that the same kinds of corporate reforms can spread to Canada and other parts of the world?
Yes, it is happening already. I have gotten urgent e-mail messages from teachers in Australia, the U.K., and elsewhere in Europe. They are worried that the corporate reforms are coming their way, heavily promoted as “the answer” to the ills of education. Bear in mind that the ultimate goal is privatization and deprofessionalization, treating schools as businesses that can be opened and closed with ease as their “profits” (test scores) rise or fall.