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

Thursday, January 19, 2012
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Ken Preston
Location Details:
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA

Hosted by Philip Maldari

Diane Ravitch draws on over forty years of research and experience to critique the most popular ideas for restructuring schools, in the process rejecting some of her own long-held beliefs about school reform. Using examples from school systems as diverse as New York, Denver, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Diego, she offers a roadmap for getting our schools back on track. This new, revised edition of her book, like her personal presentation, is a passionate plea to preserve and renew public education. It reveals a radical change of heart by one of America’s best-known education experts.

“No citizen can afford to ignore this brave book by our premier historian of education.” — E.D. Hirsh, Jr, author of Cultural Literacy, and The Schools We Need

“Diane Ravitch is the rarest of scholars—one who reports her findings and conclusions, even when they go against conventional wisdom and even when they counter her earlier, publicly espoused positions…a ‘must’ read for all who truly care about American education.” -Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education

BIO: Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Formerly she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of Pres. George H.W. Bush, prior to being appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by the Clinton Administration. She blogs for Huffington and, and is the author or editor of 20 some books.

“It is precisely because of her associations with those more conservative on educational matters that this …carries the impact that it does. It may infuriate some of her former colleagues, because she is thorough, she is blunt...anyone concerned about public schools should read it… It is that good, that rich, that important.”—

Philip Maldari, veteran KPFA Public Affairs Producer, now hosts the Sunday Morning Show

$12 advance tickets: :: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 locations), Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore; SF: Modern Times ($15 door)
Information: KPFA benefit
Added to the calendar on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 4:58PM
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