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Diane Ravitch, NYU Research Professor of Education

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

Monday, November 4, 2013

8:00 PM

McCosh 50

Walter E. Edge Lecture

In Reign of Error (2013), Diane Ravitch argues that the American education system is not broken or threatened by a crisis of academic achievement, but is menaced by a concerted effort to destroy public schools.  Public school test scores and graduation rates are the highest they’ve ever been, and dropout rates are the lowest. The greatest danger lies in the privatization movement siphoning students and funding from the public schools.  This burgeoning privatization movement threatens to replace public schools with a privately managed, free market system of schooling.  Meanwhile, the real threats to education, including poverty and segregation, go unaddressed.

One of the nation’s foremost experts on public education, Diane Ravitch’s many books include The Death and Life of the Great American School System (2010); The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (2008); Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform (2001); and The Troubled Crusade: American Education 1945-1980 (1985).

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