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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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:30pm
If Elected, Jeb Bush Will Privatize Public Education
Matthew Pulver, writing at Salon.com , describes Jeb Bush’s dangerous belief in privatization and free markets in education. It is not so much a belief as an ideology, one that is impervious to evidence. The many studies showing thAt privately managed charters do not get higher test scores than...
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Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 11:15am
I Believe in Freedom of Choice
Parents should be able to send their children to the school of their choice, and they do; but the public should not be expected to pay for their private choices. The public has a civic obligation to support public education. Even if you don't have children, you pay taxes to educate the children of...
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Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 10:45am
Do Reformers Actually Care About Education or About Cutting Costs?
One question that I have puzzled over again and again is why anyone who really cares about the quality of education would be a proponent of school choice, for example, vouchers for religious schools and charters run as a business. We have an abundance of evidence that these choices don’t usually...
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 7:45am
Texas: Senate Leaders Lay Out Plan to Destroy Public Education
Texas Republican leaders in the state senate unveiled their ambitious plan to enact the ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) agenda for privatization of public education. With the help of Texans for Education Reform and a battalion of highly paid lobbyists, the Republicans will promote...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 2:30pm
Gov. Cuomo "Reforms" Herald Attack on Public Schools
Gov. Cuomo’s reform agenda for the schools is dangerously wrong. It will harm students, teachers and public education. It will waste taxpayer dollars on failed policies. The governor says that our public schools are in crisis. In fact, they rank the same on national tests as 20 years ago — in the...
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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:00am
On TIME Magazine's Attack on America's Teachers
TIME Magazine has a cover story called “Rotten Apples,” in which it falsely asserts (on the cover) that “It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher. Some Tech Millionaires May Have Found a Way to Change That.” Here is a link to the cover and a petition denouncing this slander. This TIME cover is...
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Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 10:00am
Prepare Your Children for “a Lifetime of Surveillance”
The data mining company inBloom died, killed off by parent opposition, but the data mining industry is not dead. Far from it. It is growing and metastasizing as investors see new opportunities to profit from the data surreptitiously collected while children are using computers, taking tests online...
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Monday, October 13, 2014 - 2:45pm
Parent Alert! NSF Awards Grant for Data Mining Children
The National Science Foundation has awarded grants of $4.8 million to several prominent research universities to advance the use of Big Data in the schools. Benjamin Herold writes in Education Week: “The National Science Foundation earlier this month awarded a $4.8 million grant to a coalition of...
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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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