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'The Death and Life of the Great American School System' by Diane Ravitch

'The Death and Life of the Great American School System' by Diane Ravitch

The Death and Life of the Great American School System How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education Diane Ravitch Basic Books: 284 pp., $26.95 Diane Ravitch, probably this nation's most respected historian of education and long one of our most thoughtful educational conservatives, has changed her mind -- and changed it big time. Ravitch's critical guns are still firing, but now they're aimed at the forces of testing, accountability and educational markets, forces for which she was once a leading proponent and strategist. As President Obama and his education secretary, Arne Duncan, embrace charter schools and testing, picking up just where, in her opinion, the George W....

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