The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

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Basic Books, 2011 - Education - 334 pages
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Award-winning author, public intellectual, and former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch critiques a lifetime's worth of school reforms and reveals the simple--yet difficult--truth about how we can create actual change in public schools

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User Review  - norinrad10 - LibraryThing

I decided to go back and reread this one and I'm glad I did. Diane sums succinctly how we got here. With the recent appointment of Betsy Devos to Secretary of Education the history in this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - ohernaes - LibraryThing

What is wrong with American schools? Apparently, measurements become goals and people are not aware of their limitations, and so we might be better off without the measurements in the first place ... Read full review


CHAPTER TWO Hijacked How the Standards Movement Turned
CHAPTER THREE The Transformation of District 2
CHAPTER FOUR Lessons from San Diego
CHAPTER FIVE The Business Model in New York City
Measure and Punish
The Story of an Idea
CHAPTER EIGHT The Trouble with Accountability
CHAPTER NINE What Would Mrs Ratliff
CHAPTER TEN The Billionaire Boys Club
CHAPTER ELEVEN Lessons Learned

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Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant 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 is the author or editor of over twenty books, including The Language Police and Left Back, and her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. A native of Houston, Ravitch graduated from the Houston public schools, Wellesley College, and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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