Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is a historian of education at New York University. Her most recent book is Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools.  Her previous books and articles about American education include: The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform, (Simon & Schuster, 2000); The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (Knopf, 2003); The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know (Oxford, 2006), which she edited with her son Michael Ravitch. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 12:15pm
NYC Education Bureaucracy Gone Wild: The Suspension of a Hero Teacher
Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected as a progressive candidate. Much of his support came from critics of the Bloomberg-Klein regime and its hostility to teachers and even to public schools. The Bloomberg regime never stopped berating the system that it totally controlled for nearly a dozen years. De...
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Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 9:30am
The Excellent But False Messaging of the Common Core Standards
Have you ever wondered about the amazingly effective campaign to sell the Common Core standards to the media, the business community, and the public? How did it happen that advocates for the standards used the same language, the same talking points, the same claims, no matter where they were...
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Friday, July 4, 2014 - 7:45am
Good Riddance to Common Core Testing
A few years ago, Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, David Coleman, and a merry band of policy wonks had a grand plan. The non-governmental groups like Achieve, the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Coleman's own Student Achievement Partners would write the Common...
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 6:45am
Do Public School Teachers Have Any Friends in the Obama Administration?
We are living in an era when the very idea of public education is under attack, as are teachers' unions and the teaching profession. Let's be clear: these attacks and the power amassed behind them are unprecedented in American history. Sure, there have always been critics of public schools, of...
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A first-grade class of thirty children at the Willow Glen Elementary School in San Jose, California, where budget cuts have led to larger class sizes, January 24, 2013. (AP Photo) Views
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 12:00pm
Making Schools Poor
Last week, Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu in Los Angeles ruled that five California statutes protecting the job security of schoolteachers were unconstitutional. Likening his brief, sixteen-page ruling to the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing racial segregation...
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Alex Caputo-Pearl, president elect of United Teachers Los Angeles, takes questions on about the verdict of the Vergara v. California lawsuit in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 10, 2014. A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers as unconstitutional Tuesday, saying such laws harm students, especially poor and minority ones, by saddling them with bad teachers. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP) Views
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 1:30pm
Dangerous Court Rulling Is Latest Attempt to Blame Teachers and Weaken Public Education
Judge Rolf M. Treu, who decided the Vergara case, declared that he was shocked -- shocked! -- to learn from Professor Raj Chetty and Professor Thomas Kane of Harvard about the enormous harm that one "grossly ineffective" teacher can do to a child's lifetime earnings or to their academic gains. How...
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Billionaire founder of Microsoft Bill Gates. (Credit: World Economic Forum / Flickr Creative Commons) Views
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 9:00am
Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates’ Role in Common Core
A new Washington Post story by Lyndsey Layton about how Bill Gates’ funded the Common Core revolution is startling. His role and the role of the U.S. Department of Education in drafting and coercing almost every state to adopt the Common Core standards should be investigated by Congress. The idea...
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Poverty and inequality, not teachers, are the drivers of deficits in education. (Public domain) Views
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 6:45am
What Powerful and Greedy Elites Are Hiding When They Scapegoat the Schools
Our economy is changing in ways that are alarming. Income inequality and wealth inequality are at their highest point in many decades; some say we are back to the age of the robber barons. Most of the gains in the economy since the great recession of 2008 have benefited the 1 percent , or even the...
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Comedian Louis C.K. has taken on the Common Core standards and makes a hard-hitting argument. (Screenshot) Views
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 3:15pm
Louis C.K. Takes Aim at Common Core... And We're All Smarter for It
There is a battle royal being waged across the nation about a set of national academic standards called the Common Core.
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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 2:00pm
New Report Rebukes Central Feature of 'Race to the Top'
The central feature of the Obama administration's $5 billion "Race to the Top" program was sharply refuted last week by the American Statistical Association , one of the nation's leading scholarly organizations. Spurred on by the administration's combination of federal cash and mandates, most...
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