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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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 9:29am
New York Schools: The Roar of the Charters
In his speech at Riverside Church last Sunday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to end weeks of attacks on his schools policies by striking a conciliatory tone toward the city’s privately managed charter schools.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 1:38pm
The Fatal Flaw of the Common Core Standards
Across the nation, parents and educators are raising objections to the Common Core standards, and many states are reconsidering whether to abandon them and the federally-funded tests that accompany them. Arne Duncan, Jeb Bush, Bill Gates, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Roundtable vocally support them, yet the unease continues and pushback remains intense.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 6:22am
Understanding the Propaganda Campaign Against Public Education
A few years ago, when I was blogging at Education Week with Deborah Meier, a reader introduced the term FUD. I had never heard of it. It is a marketing technique used in business and politics to harm your competition. The term and its history can be found on Wikipedia.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 1:27pm
Louisiana Court Rules That 7,000 Teachers Were Wrongfully Terminated
It is always astonishing to be reminded that the rule of law still exists in Louisiana, despite the authoritarian command of Governor Bobby Jindal.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 1:48pm
Will Fight Against Common Core Encourage Charters, Vouchers?
Critics of the Common Core span the political and ideological spectrum. So do supporters.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 6:43am
What You Need to Know About the International Test Scores
The news reports say that the test scores of American students on the latest PISA test are "stagnant," "lagging," "flat," etc.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 9:16am
'Reign of Error': The Context for Corporate Education Reform
The following is an excerpt from Ravitch's new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools , posted on Valerie Strauss' Answer Sheet blog with permission of Knopf, a division of Random House.
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Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 8:56am
How Sad that Charles Blow is So Misinformed on Common Core
Charles Blow is one of the columnists in the New York Times that I usually count on to challenge the conventional wisdom and to speak up for the powerless. Sadly, in this column , he parrots the conventional wisdom and voices the opinions of the elites.
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Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 11:45am
Punishing Kids for Adult Failures
Test scores across New York State have collapsed, new results released Wednesday showed. Last year, 55% of students in the state passed the reading test; 65% passed the math test. This year, only 31% passed both subjects. In New York City, the proportion passing the state tests fell from 47% in reading and 60% in math to only 26% in reading and 30% in math.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 12:26pm
We Must Out-Educate and Out-Innovate Other Nations
My fellow Americans, I have said in previous addresses on this occasion that the key to our future success is to make sure that the education we provide our young people is the best in the world. I have said that we must out-educate and out-innovate other nations.
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