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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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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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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Monday, August 01, 2016
Washington State: Charter School Backers Want to Oust Judge Who Authored Anti-Charter Decision
Voters of Washington State, wake up! The billionaires who have been trying to privatize your public schools are up to their old tricks. Bill Gates and his pals have been pushing charters schools since the late 1990s. There have been four referenda on charter schools in Washington State. The...
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Friday, July 22, 2016
He Loves Us... Unless We Don’t Love Him
I watched the Republican convention last night. Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was light-hearted, loves her father, and gave a good introduction to a man whom few know well. Watching Trump give his speech was an out of body experience. I suddenly felt fearful. I felt fearful for myself, my...
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Friday, July 01, 2016
All I Want for My Birthday
Dear Friends, Today is my birthday. I am 78 years old. I was born at 12:05 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, to Walter and Ann Silvers. I was their third child. Five more would follow. Eventually we were five boys and three girls. My dad was born in Savannah and dropped out of high...
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Monday, April 11, 2016
Why Every Child Should Opt Out of the Standardized Tests
Want to end the obsession with standardized testing? Opt your children out of the state tests. Ignore the threats from state and federal officials. The tests today have taken over too much of the school year. Teachers should prepare and give tests that cover what they taught. What if all students...
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Education in Crisis and the Threat of Privatization
It has become conventional wisdom that “education is in crisis.” I have been asked about this question by many interviewers. They say something like: “Do you think American education is in crisis? What is the cause of the crisis?” And I answer, “Yes, there is a crisis, but it is not the one you...
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Friday, March 04, 2016
Donald Trump Scares Me
I watched the GOP presidential debate last night and found it very depressing. The main event was the effort by Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to pierce Trump’s armor and rattle him. The more they poked at him, the more belligerent he became. Given the wide lead Trump has, he is likely to be the...
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Saturday, January 30, 2016
The Perils of Privatization
Make no mistake: The purpose of privatization is to make a profit. The promise of privatization is efficiency. But in its pursuit of both profits and efficiency, privatization creates perverse incentives. It encourages privately managed charter schools to avoid or get rid of “expensive” students” (...
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
NCLB Is Dead: ESSA is Law (After President Signs It)
The new Every Student Succeeds Act passed the Senate by an overwhelming vote. It will be law as soon as the President signs it, which he has said he will do. No Child Left Behind is history, a cruel law that set goals so far out of reach that it was certain to label every school in the nation a...
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