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Ravitch: An Awesome Display

March 28, 2012

Last night, courtesy of my loving and gracious spouse, I was allowed an unusual reprieve from the family bedtime routines to travel to Normal, IL, to attend a lecture by education historian and public intellectual Diane Ravitch. So, with Andrew Hartman and Richard Hughes, I listened to Ravitch eviscerate NCLB, Arne Duncan, the anti-teachers union movement, voucher programs, “school choice,” charter schools, high-stakes testing, Michelle Rhee, “teacher accountability” assessments, and phony teacher merit-pay schemes. Although the message was indeed polemical, Ravitch—in a first-rate exhibition of historical thinking—cited boatloads of studies to build a narrative of recent history contrary to that given by prominent anti-public school advocates. All in all, it was an awesome display.

I haven’t watched this video Ravitch giving a similar lecture, but, since it is from this past January it’s probably similar. That said, last night Ravitch incorporated evidence and studies released only within the past few weeks. She’s on top of things. – TL


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