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Ravitch Takes Aim at the Marketplace Reformers

Diane Ravitch takes critical aim at American education reform in The Death and Life of the Great American School System (2010), evaluating the effectiveness of standardized testing, choice, and charter schools. The book hinges on her “wrenching transformation” from advocate to critic of testing, accountability, and choice-based reforms. For years surrounded by conservative thinkers, and, […]

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The Fringes are Wrong About Common Core

For once, the far left and right agree on something. But they are also disastrously wrong.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: An Interview with 17-Year-Old Author Nikhil Goyal

Nikhil Goyal is the 17-year-old author of 2012’s One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School, a book that takes an exhaustive look at the U.S. school system and gives suggestions on how to transform it.

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Advocates Launch Group Aimed To Monitor Education Reform

Diane Ravitch, an education historian and vocal critic of recent education policy trends, has launched a new advocacy group that will endorse political candidates committed to safeguarding schools from “privatization,” Education Week reported. The group, called the Network for Public Education, will also donate funds to political candidates whose agendas reject education policy measures like […]

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A Candid and Controversial Look at School Reform

“The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” Diane Ravitch’s 20th book, reflects on her shift from conservative to more liberal views on education. However, she makes the point toward the end of the book that she never changed her fundamental ideology of education — mainly that everyone should be afforded a high-quality education. What changed is her view of how to reach that goal.

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Message from Diane Ravitch:
 Schools are not Shoe Stores

America treats public schools like shoe stores, said Diane Ravitch at Tuesday night’s lecture at Barnard College on the topic of “For the Public Good.”

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