The Death and Life of the Great American School System

Diane RavitchDiane RavitchIt seems Diane Revitch is everywhere these days. Her new book is on its fifth printing just 16 days after its release, and when I last checked, Amazon had sold out again. Asked why, Diane answered that it is because the book offers a "counter narrative" to the consensus that has so dominated policy in Washington -- a policy consensus with little research basis and little in the experience of teachers, parents and students to support it.  The public is clamoring for an alternative narrative. If you have trouble getting hold of a copy of the book, Slate Magazine last week printed a nifty summary here. Very convenient. And here's an interview with Ravitch from her Economic Policy Institute book event.