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Why are the billionaires always laughing?

Because they know the corporate media will never call bullshit on their bullshit.

Why are the billionaires laughing?

It’s easy to laugh when the corporate press treats you as a glorious success instead of the epitome of a broken social order. Billionaires laugh because they know the corporate media prefers to fawn over them rather than hold them to account.

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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.

Articles by this author

 

The Failure of the Obama-Duncan "School Improvement Grants" and Its Lessons for Today

Sadly, the Obama-Duncan Race to the Top program promoted the same strategies and goals as No Child Left Behind.

Diane Ravitch ·


The Public Good: Why I'm Endorsing Maya Wiley for New York City Mayor

The progressive Democratic candidate is a civil rights lawyer whose values and vision align with my own—someone not beholden to billionaires or the powerful real estate industry.

Diane Ravitch ·


Jan Resseger: Will the Biden Administration Revive the Failed Policies of NCLB and Obama?

It looks like Biden is winding the clock backward on education.

Diane Ravitch ·


What's Your Zip Code? Why Poverty Matters in Public Education

Our society has not taxed itself to make sure that all kids have great schools. 

Diane Ravitch ·


Welcome 2021! Go Away, 2020!

Four years of the worst, most malicious, most demagogic, most crooked, most lying president in American history will come to an end in less than three weeks.

Diane Ravitch ·


Dr. Leslie T. Fenwick for Secretary of Education

Leslie Fenwick knows that public schools are an essential element of American democracy. They are community institutions that belong to the public, not to entrepreneurs or corporate chains. 

Diane Ravitch ·


Beware! Cuomo Adds Another Billionaire to "Reimagine" Post-Pandemic Public Education

The pandemic is turning into a grand opportunity for the foxes to raid the henhouse under cover of darkness.

Diane Ravitch ·


Yes, Something Stinks about the State Takeover of the Houston Independent School District

The state officials behind the takeover are vandals, disrupters, corrupters of democracy.

Diane Ravitch ·

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