Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Professor Ravitch was kind enough to pose in a photograph

"Race to the Top bribes States to do the wrong thing." — Diane Ravitch (celebrated education professor and author)

An Afternoon with Diane Ravitch - at UCLA 2010-04-12

The Diane Ravitch event at UCLA was very well attended and an excellent occasion overall. Her hour long talk and the question and answer session with UCLA's Professor Mike Rose afterwards were engaging and informative. I will have a write up on the event soon, but have too many article deadlines beforehand. For now, I was fortunate enough get a photograph with the author during her book signing.

Dr. Ravitch was at UCLA to discuss her watershed new book The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Jim Horn, Ph.D. of the highly respected Schools Matter blog had this to say about the Ravitch tour:

Thanks to Ravitch, the truth has just gone mass market (most likely NYTimes Bestseller List), and nothing could be sweeter than the squirming among the corporate leeches and snake oil salesmen who have taken public education to the brink of destruction.

In A school is not a business Jeff Bale reviews Ravitch's new book that dismantles the justifications for George Bush's No Child Left Behind law and school privatization.


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