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

ISBN-10: 0465014917
ISBN-13: 9780465014910
Edition: 2009
Authors: Diane Ravitch
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 3/2/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

InThe Death and Life of the Great American School System, Diane Ravitch examines her career in education reform, and repudiates positions that she once fiercely defended. Evaluating broadly popular ideas for restructuring schools, she explains why they have had no positive impact on the quality of American education.Ravitch reconsiders the evolution of her own views on key issues and reveals her skepticism regarding charter schools, privatization, accountability, and the philanthropists who are trying to control school reform using business models for school planning.Drawing on over forty years of research and observation on education, Ravitch also offers prescriptions for improving our schools. A passionate plea to promote the survival of public education,The Death and Life of the Great American School Systemrepresents a radical change of heart from one of America's best-known education experts. It is a must-read for anyoneteachers, parents, administrators, and bureaucratsinvested in the future of our schools.

Diane Ravitchis 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, includingThe Language PoliceandLeft 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.

Acknowledgment
What I Learned About School Reform
Hijacked! How the Standards Movement Turned into the Testing Movement
The Transformation of District 2
Lessons from San Diego
The Business Model in New York City
NCLB: Measure and Punish
Choice: The Story of an Idea
The Trouble with Accountability
What Would Mrs. Ratliff Do?
The Billionaire Boys' Club
Lessons Learned
Notes
Index

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