Conversation: Diane Ravitch on the Death of Public Education

Conversation: Diane Ravitch on the Death of Public Education

Conversation: Diane Ravitch on the Death of Public Education

Diane Ravitch’s research shows that charter schools, high-stakes testing and punishing teachers for low-scoring kids are all failing. That’s why this former No Child Left Behind supporter now says we’re lying to kids about education reform.


"We’re lying to our kids," says professor and Nation author Diane Ravitch. Ravitch, a former charter school advocate and No Child Left Behind supporter, now says that high-stakes testing and punishing teachers for low-scoring kids is failing, according to her research; moreover, charter schools are only successful, when they are, because they can select the best students from the failing districts in which they are located.

In a new piece at The Nation, and in her new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, Ravitch lays out the case against the policies she once supported. She tells The Nation on Grit TV that Obama and Arne Duncan might be making our education problems worse, not better.

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