Diane Ravitch

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, May 28, 2017
DeVos Hires Top Official at For-Profit University to Help "Right-Size" Department of Education
Jennifer Berkshire reports that Secretary Betsy DeVos has turned to a top official from the scandal-plagued for-profit higher education industry to “right-size” the Department of Education. As the New York Times said when his appointment was announced: “As chief compliance officer for a corporate...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Don’t Like Betsy DeVos? Blame the Democrats.
Of all the corrupt, unqualified, and extremist characters Donald Trump has tapped to lead his administration, none has generated the tsunami of liberal outrage whipped up by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And with all due respect to Jeff Sessions, there’s good reason for the backlash: The...
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Monday, April 10, 2017
The Public Should Pay Only For Public Schools, Not Religious Schools
Robert Natelson, a retired constitutional law professor who is allied with the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute, writes in The Hill that the Supreme Court may well strike down the state prohibitions on funding religious schools (known as “baby Blaine amendments”) because of their origins in...
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Friday, April 07, 2017
Maryland: General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto, Protecting Public Schools from DeVos Agenda
Yesterday the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill meant to protect public schools against the privatization agenda of Betsy DeVos. Maryland has a rightwing Republican Governor, Larry Hogan, who has appointed a pro-privatization state board of education...
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Saturday, February 25, 2017
DeVos to Conservative Conference: I Will Replace the Bush-Obama Failed Ideas with My Own Failed Ideas
Betsy DeVos gave a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), explaining that the programs created by George W. Bush and Barack Obama had failed, and she would replace them with her own ideas . She did not point out that her own ideas have failed too. Just look at the mess she...
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
John Kasich is a Nitwit
During the Republican primaries last year, many friends of mine considered John Kasich the adult in the GIP field. When I explained his demonstrated hostility to public education, they thought I must be exaggerating. But now the proof is there for all who are willing to learn about it. Kasich wants...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
The Confirmation of Betsy Devos: An Outrageous Insult to Students, Teachers, Communities
The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education is an outrageous insult to the millions of people who send their children to public schools, to the millions of students who attend public schools, to the millions of educators who work in public schools, and to the millions of people—like...
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Still from Frank Capra’s “It's a Wonderful Life” Views
Monday, December 26, 2016
Stuart Egan: What Frank Capra Could Teach Betsy DeVos About Public Schools
At the family Christmas dinner in New Jersey, someone asked the question, “What is the best Christmas movie of all time?” There were many suggestions, but the consensus was Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart. When I got home from dinner, I found Stuart Egan’s post about...
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Saturday, November 12, 2016
Richard Kirsch: It Is Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn
My mentor Lawrence A. Cremin, a great historian, attributed this saying to Charles Beard, but apparently it predates him. It is always darkest just before the dawn. Just when things seem utterly intolerable, remember that there will be another turn of the wheel. For those who were plunged into...
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Chicago's Dodge Elementary School Views
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Did Obama Administration’s Policies Contribute to Chicago’s Deadly Violence?
For many years, parents and education activists in Chicago have warned that the deliberate destruction of neighborhood public schools was causing a rise in violence. The city, first under Arne Duncan, now under Rahm Emanuel, ignored the critics, and made a virtue of closing public schools, opening...
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