Two epic opponents are actually talking civilly and finding common ground!
Longtime ed writer Jay Mathews wrote this article about it the Washington Post. It's a great article, worth the read. Mr. Mathews expressed affection for both proponents, and the hope springing out of his article is lovely. Here's what happened:
Whitney Tilson, after recognizing that he and his nemisis Daine Ravitch shared the same views on other national topics, came to this realization:
How is it that two well-informed people can agree on so much in almost all areas, yet apparently disagree on so much in one area (ed reform)? Is it possible that we agree on more than we think?
So he thought about it, and emailed her a list of education topics he hoped they might potentially agree on. That email turned into two more, and turns out they both DO have more in common than they thought.
THIS is how to be a great example to our students. This is how we find a workable path to sustainable solutions.
Thank you, Mr. Tilson and Dr. Ravitch!!!
They each posted all three email discussions as three separate posts on their websites. Below are links to the first one: