The Death and Life of the Great American School System

By Diane Ravitch

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"No citizen can afford to ignore this brave book by our premier historian of education."  

​     "Diane Ravitch shines a bright, corrective light on the exaggerated claims of school reformers on both the left ant the right, and offers an utterly convincing case for abandoning quick fixes in favor of nurturing the minds and hearts of our students from the earliest years with enabling knowledge and value." 

-- E. D. Hirsch. Jr.

     No time to read a 270-page book?  While not as good as reading the book, we have presented a review of the book exclusively in the form of quotes from the book by chapter, highlighting the text and page number for each excerpt. 

     She criticizes reformers "for backing teacher evaluations based on student test scores, closing failing schools, and expanding charter schools." Ravitch turned her attention to poverty and racial segregation which she now considers the main causes of low student achievement.

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About the author: 

From 1991 to 1993 Diane Ravitch was Asst. Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. 

 

President Clinton appointed her to the National Assessment Governing Board which oversees federal testing.  

 

She criticizes reformers "for backing teacher evaluations based on student test scores, closing failing schools, and expanding charter schools."

 

Ravitch turned her attention to poverty and racial segregation which she now considers the main causes of low student achievement.

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“The Death and Life of the Great American School System”

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