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Diane Ravitch

Research Professor & Historian of Education
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Biography

Diane Ravitch is the champion for public schools across the country. Drawing on over 40 years of research and experience, Ravitch is the nation’s leading advocate for public education. Her years of experience working in the government shaped her approach to education, and gave her a unique and powerful perspective which she brings into all aspects of her work. A prolific writer and a renowned research professor of education at New York University, Ravitch publishes more than 500 articles and reviews for scholarly and popular publications. Her blog is one of the primary destinations for American educators, which has received more than tens of millions of views since 2012.

Ravitch provides solutions. In her books, Ravitch provides a clear plan for how to preserve and improve our public schools. Her New York Times bestseller, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools begins where her previous book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System left off. Ravitch continues to show that the crisis in American education is not result of a crisis of academic achievement, but a result of the destruction of public schools. In a chapter-by-chapter breakdown, Ravitch teaches what is working in U.S. education and how policy makers are failing to address the root cause of educational failure. Finally, Ravitch shows readers how it can, in fact, be fixed.

Ravitch shares the hard message that every parent, teacher and community needs to support public schools, or else, our society will fail all children. A public school graduate herself, this award winning educator’s depth of knowledge and experience shines through her passionate speeches. Ravitch has developed a powerful argument against the privatization of public schools, and she will take audiences step-by-step through the triumphs and failures American public school system. With her electrifying wisdom, Ravitch leaves audiences informed, motivated and ultimately inspired.

RESUME

  • 2010: Wrote The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
  • 2005: Received the Uncommon Book Award from the Hoover Institution
  • 2004: Received the Leadership Award of the New York City Council of Supervisors and Administrators
  • 2002: Selected as the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences
  • 1997: Appointed by Bill Clinton to the National Assessment Governing Board
  • 1995: Appointed as Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution
  • 1991: Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor under President George H.W. Bush
  • 1960, 1975: Received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University’s Graduate School

Topics

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools

The Death and Life of the Great American School System

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