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Diane Ravitch, the Anti-Rhee

by Bill Hayes

In Diane Ravitch, the Anti-Rhee, the Washington City Paper has a cover-story profile of Diane Ravitch, the author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.

Once a vocal proponent of No Child Left Behind, charter schools, vouchers, and merit pay for teachers, Ravitch decided sometime around 2006 that there was actually no evidence that any of those policies improved American education. She now believes that the “corporatist agenda” of school choice, teacher layoffs, and standardized testing has undermined public respect for one of the nation’s most vital institutions, the neighborhood school, and for one of society’s most crucial professions: teaching.

The best way to improve American education, the post-epiphany Ravitch argues, is to fight child poverty with health care, jobs, child care, and affordable housing. [more]